duck incubating..first timer

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by woogie g3, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. woogie g3

    woogie g3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    in the spring i think imma try to incubate some duck eggs for tyhe first time. ive done chickens before...any info?? i am going to need help.
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    They are very similar to chicken eggs, with some key differences:

    1. They take 28 days to hatch (for mallard derivatives--35 days for muscovies)
    2. They need a very high humidity at hatching time

    Other than that, there is some disagreement about what else should be done differently. Some people incubate at a higher humidity throughout (but I find a higher humidity means drowned ducklings at the end due to inadequate air cell development--it all depends on your ambient conditions), others spritz the eggs with water throughout (I don't but probably should), some people claim ducks should be incubated on their sides and turned by hand (I don't and personally don't think it makes a difference, but others disagree).

    Many people say ducks are harder to hatch than chickens. I've not had much trouble--I consistently get 85-90% hatches. But I've never tried to hatch chickens (actually, I hatched a small batch of bantams last year, quite successfully--but it's not enough to compare accurately). I do know that quail are easier than ducks--they just pop right out, right on time, at 90-100%.

    Hope that helps! Good luck. [​IMG]
  3. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Uxbridge, MA
    I had my first hatch just over 3 weeks ago. I have never hatched chickens. Everyone here is so helpful. If you have a question or concern, post it and i'm sure someone has an answer and has had experience with it. I had a pretty successful hatch with the help of so many people willing to offer advice and help when needed. Good luck this spring with your hatch and don't hesitate to ask for help.
  4. woogie g3

    woogie g3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    thanks for the help!![​IMG]

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