Getting ready to incubate duck eggs, and I'm so confused!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by naturemom, May 15, 2008.

  1. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting duck eggs next week, have the incubator set up, etc. but I'm finding so much conflicting advice I don't know what I'm supposed to do. For instance, in Storey's guide to raising ducks, it says to start with 1 temp (101.5?) and raise it by 1/2 degree each week. But other places (including here) I'm hearing 99.5-100. Then I talked to a guy at the farmer's market today who raises poultry and he said stay at 98-99, because too hot might kill them. He also said not to use a digital thermometer, but that seems to be what everyone on here uses.
    Then there's humidity. The incubator (a still-air Hovabator) didn't come with a hygrometer, and says to fill the middle section of the tray with water. I did, and added a hygrometer, which is now reading about 75%, but the Storey book says to aim for 55%. Oh, and did I mention that I have 2 thermometers in there and they are telling me 2 different temps about 4 degrees apart?
    At this rate, it will be a miracle if I get these eggs hatched without losing my mind.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2008
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i set my bators at 99.5 and just fill the waterer in the bottom 3 days prior to hach i add a lttle bowl with a sponge and water in it
     
  3. Sunny Chook Farm

    Sunny Chook Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what I do,also.. last hatch was 100%
     
  4. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Colorado
    Well Nature mom I am getting ready to try this incubation thing for the first time as well. I too will have ducks.

    I have the same incubator and I have read somewhere that these still air models need a temp of about 102. My humidity was at like 30 percent when I only filled that one tray, I practically had to pour in cupfulls of water to get it to 55-60%. We are in colorado though - at high elevation - so maybe that has a lot to do with it?

    I guess all we can do is experiment and see what happens. Keep us posted and when I set mine I'll post as well.

    Good Luck,

    Julie
     

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