Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MelissaRenee, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. MelissaRenee

    MelissaRenee New Egg

    Mar 10, 2017
    Hey everyone! My name is Melissa and I'm from a little town on the Illinois Indiana boarder!
    Well, I've decided I want to try to hatch ducklings, my boyfriends dad had a still air incubator in the barn so my friend brought me 3 dozen eggs! A mix of Muscovy and call ducks.
    So i guess I'm just looking for advice. Theres so much on the internet. Half of it contradicts the rest.
    Also, what do you feed your ducklings? I'm reading about brewers and niacin ad scratch and blah blah blah. There's so much! So any friendly advice id really appreciate! I'm so nervous. A lot of people know me as a person who I great with animals. Dogs cata rabbits horses goats pig dogs. The list goes on. But I'm so scared to fail at this hatching stuff.. It will break my heart.

    Thanks for reading! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I have no experience with ducks or incubation. I think your questions would best be answered on the "Duck thread." Just put that in the search box above and it will come up for you.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Melissa and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. Here's a link to the duck forum, as mentioned by D/Diva -

    If you have any questions during incubation - the "incubating and hatching eggs" forum is a good place to ask.

    Often times, you will read conflicting information on keeping poultry / fowl (and possibly every animal, for that matter) - the main reason being that there is no right or wrong way to do things. We all have differing approaches to how we manage our animals. When faced with conflicting advice, go with what you gut tells you, would be my suggestion.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
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  4. MelissaRenee

    MelissaRenee New Egg

    Mar 10, 2017
    Well I'm also trying to learn how to use the mobile site/ app. I can't find where to start a new thread. The only reason I found the start a new thread on the new member intro was because of the BYC email.. Help!! Lol I'm lost
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    This link should help -

    I don't use my phone for BYC and I just realised I had no clue how to start a thread either [​IMG]
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Melissa [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best with the hatch!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, MelissaRenee, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our flock! Looks like CTKen loaded you up with some great research links to explore so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining our flock and happy hatching! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  8. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You have some good links to check out so I'll just say, take a deep breath and jump in!

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