First timer with Ducks

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

  1. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Songster

    Jul 11, 2010
    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

  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia 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.
  3. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Songster

    Jul 11, 2010
    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 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 Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    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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