Duck eggs????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lorrie77, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Lorrie77

    Lorrie77 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that this is a chicken forum, but I was hoping someone here would have some
    experience with hatching duck eggs. Is it the same as hatching a chicken egg other than
    it takes a duck egg 28 days to hatch? Any info would be great, thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Duck eggs need higher humidity. They need a brief cool-down period every day. They hatch best if they are incubated on their sides and hand turned.
     
  4. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Lorrie! I am a first time duck hatcher too. I just found my broody duck and her clutch of 17 eggs today and moved them into the coop.
    I do not know what I'm doing, but if I learned anything hatching chicks it is that I need to meddle less, particularly given that my duck is more skiddish than either hen that sat for me.
    One thing I did note: duck eggs were easier to candle.
     
  5. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Lorrie! I am a first time duck hatcher too. I just found my broody duck and her clutch of 17 eggs today and moved them into the coop.
    I do not know what I'm doing, but if I learned anything hatching chicks it is that I need to meddle less, particularly given that my duck is more skiddish than either hen that sat for me.
    One thing I did note: duck eggs were easier to candle.
     
  6. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how can u get near broody ducks when i had ducks omg they were sooooo violent. go near her and she swak then go closer she gets louder and louder then she will bolt at u running and snapping her bill and she will get u so ur lucky
     
  7. Lorrie77

    Lorrie77 Out Of The Brooder

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    I put my duck eggs in the incubator to hatch, my ducks just started laying
    eggs so while they were distracted outside, I snuck in and took the eggs [​IMG]
    I have three eggs so far, not sure which duck layed them as I have seven females
    and 1 male. I am curious though because these are their first eggs and they are
    kind of small, will this cause any problems?
    Thanks everyone for the advise, wish me luck [​IMG]
     
  8. Germangirlygirl

    Germangirlygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    My duck layed her first egg today, I'm sooooo excited!
     
  9. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh, she is a little scary with all that hissing, but when I first moved her I was counting on her counting on blending in (which she does amazingly, even knowing what 20' x 30' area she was nesting in I couldn't have found her with out the dog's help!). My ducks are also a little afraid of me [​IMG]
     
  10. DrChickenKev

    DrChickenKev Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are also incubating duck eggs, we have 3 muscovy hens and one drake - so we've put ten eggs in the incubator, and we're now at about day 18 - candled them on 8th day and two were looking dodgy, so left them another week and candled them 3 days ago, 4 were definitely bad, so took them out (2 infertile, 2 early deaths)

    So we have 6 left on their sides.. fingers crossed... Muscovy ducks are 35 days to hatch, so we're almost half way through
     

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