First timer with Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nicoletm24, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my father in law has ducks, and has asked me to incubate a few of the eggs.

    I incubate chicks all season long....I need to learn what to do with Duck eggs [​IMG]..........ANY INFO greatly appreciated

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  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    OK...so first off.... They are way cuter than chicks- so make sure you draw up a legal contract with your FIL about the delivery of the hatched ducklings so that you cant keep them for yourself [​IMG] [​IMG]

    But seriously... They take longer to hacth - 4 weeks for ducks other than muscovies who take 5 weeks.

    Temp is the same- but humidity needs to be higher- so you might want to plan things so you can do the ducklings on their own depending on your set up. About 55% during the main incubation period- and then 80 % for lockdown.

    Duck heaps do much better laying in their sides - so a roll turning incubator or hand turning is best for them.

    There is a start for you- but there is a thread on here just started recently - I think it was also made into a sticky.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=462667
     
  3. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, i'm going to read the thread you gave...

    I was hoping to do ducks with my chicks, but if the humidity has to be that much higher it will NOT work [​IMG]

    I might have to just do the couple little duck eggs first. I only have about 3.

    But, I have 30 chicken eggs I can lay at a time.

    and i wish i could keep the ducks...my FIL wants them bc he has a huge pond..I have no water near me. They'd be better off with him [​IMG] But, I'm sure as I do with my chickies...i'll fall in love right off the bat [​IMG]

    THANKS for the info [​IMG]
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    IMO the only way to incubate chick and duck eggs is to have a separate hatcher for the ducks. Also, I hand turn all my duck eggs. They don't seem to do well in auto turners. Good luck [​IMG]
     

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