First time duck hatching

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ctptcha, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. Ctptcha

    Ctptcha Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering if anyone has any info on how to hatch duck eggs, where to buy them and how to care for them? I'm a first-timer so I really don't know what to do?[​IMG]
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I've hatched duck eggs the same way I do chicken eggs, humidity at 45% and 65% lockdown, 99*F in a forced air (with a fan) incubator and had very good results (100% hatch first time), but you will find different people do different things, so read around a bit and decide what will suit you best. Some people have more success using the "dry hatch" method, where you incubate at a lower humidity, others spray the eggs with a little water every now and then. Here is a thread on duck egg incubation that I found very helpful when I attempted hatching duck eggs the first time. It's a loooong thread, but there is some great information there. What I'd recommend, if you are looking for specific answers, is to do a thread search. When you have the thread open, look below the thread title, you will see "search this thread", use the "advanced search options" and type in keywords relating to your query:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/594278/thread-formerly-known-as-hatch-day-is-today

    Then there are some good threads on incubation and hatching, etc, etc here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

    And a really cute, informative article on duckling care:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/duckling-care-brooder-ideas

    Best of luck with your hatch!

    ETA: Sorry, missed your question on buying duck eggs: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/34/other-poultry-birds-hatching-eggs
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sumi has all bases covered, so I will just say [​IMG]
     

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