first timer need help hatching Muscovy eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by taraann81, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Hi everyone I just set up my new incubator a Hova-Bator 2362N. I am waiting for the temp to stabilize and am hoping to set the eggs in the morning. I need help from people have have hatched Muscovies before. So I will explain what I am going to do and correct me if I am making mistakes.
    1-Get my temp to stabilize at 100 and my humidity at ?
    2-I'm going to place my eggs in the bator with big ends up in an egg carton.
    3-at least twice a day I am going to tilt the eggs to the opposite side( do I do this from day 1)
    4-at day 10 I should candle
    5-get humidity as high as possible stop turning eggs at day 34 and don't open the bator till they hatch
    Am I going to make mistakes with this plan? Am I missing any steps?
    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
  2. Julie08

    Julie08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Turn or rotate at least 3 times a day up to 7, always odd number so they dont stay in the same position for the longest spam (eg overnight)
    I like to mist my duck eggs with warm water twice a day.
  3. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Great thanks! What do you keep your humidity at?
  4. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:Muscovies are very hard to hatch in a bator, I never hatched pure Muscovies, hatched once muscovy mules (Pekin hen and Muscovy drake, hatch was poor but got some healthy ducks.

    I believe hatching difficulty is the main reason why you do not see Muscovies sold by commercial hatcheries.

    Some experienced waterfowl hatchers recommend misting the eggs and give them a 15 min cool down every day.

    Also goose and duck eggs shuld be layed as they are in nature, not in vertical position.

    Wish you lots of luck with this one.

    However Muscovie ducks go broody often, hatch just about every egg in the nest and are very good mothers.
  5. Fancie

    Fancie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    ggod luck.... you will need it!
  6. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Well I feel discouraged [​IMG] I don't have access to any other type of eggs. It requires a lot of paper work to get them across the border and there doesn't seem to be as much interest on this side of the border. Oh well Later I will have Rock barr and Rouen eggs to try and hatch and maybe that will be easier. I do have 1 broody hen on a nest today she is setting on 20! Hope I will get babies out of that at least. Oh well I guess this will be a learning experience,
    Thanks for all the advice and good wishes. My fingers are crossed.
  7. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    If I am not mistaken, Muscovies take 32 days to hatch, but I am NOT sure. Taraann81, don't feel bad, they actually have a VERY good chance of hatching!!! [​IMG]

    P.s David Hollerhead's book,~Guid to Raising Ducks~Is very good about explaining moscovies, and how they are different from Mallard decended ducks!!!GOOD LUCK, and don't forget to SMILE [​IMG] !!!
  8. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    [​IMG] Thanks you have given me hope. Yes I guess they do take longer than other ducks 35 days! I appreciate everybodies advice and good wishes! Trust me I will be coming back here for A LOT more advice in the next 35 days!

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