Exactly how hard are call duck eggs to hatch?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Smartie_Pants, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I love the look of the little guys, but I'm not sure it would be easy to get some around here. I could more easily by hatching eggs, but I hear they are hard to hatch. How hard? Say you bought 6 eggs, what is an average/estimate of how many would hatch? Can they be incubated with regular duck eggs?

    Also, if I either bought or hatched babies, would they be fine with regular ducks? I have some Blue Swedish and I really want to get a few silver appleyard.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I gave up trying to hatch them a long time ago. I let the hens set and the mamas have much better luck with it. I wouldn't want my calls in with normal size ducks. I think they'd be easily injured or klled by any large size male who decides to breed them.
     
  3. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Well, I certainly wouldn't want that to happen! Maybe I'll just stick to regular sized ducks and admire calls from afar.
     
  4. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    I set about 40 eggs and got 2 ducks. It is very stressful too.
     
  5. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In an incuabator I usually have 60%-70% hatch but under a mama duck - it is 90% hatch. I also turn by hand and mist and cool the eggs. It's a lot of work and then not all the eggs hatch! I've been lucky and had a very broody call who does most of the work.
     
  6. runamuck

    runamuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Extremely tough...... last yr I set 100 or so eggs and got 25 hatching. Now my ladies... did around 95% hatch. I now got a new incubatior and just hatched some shipped call eggs and got 50% hatch. this incubator is Awesome I put fertile eggs in I get chicks... Simple as that.
     
  7. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    What kind of incubator did you get?
     

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