hatching duck eggs compared to chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ashleyy_x3, May 14, 2011.

  1. Ashleyy_x3

    Ashleyy_x3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    aright soo i've hatched chicken eggs before, but never duck. im in the process of trying to find some duck eggs to hatch at the moment, and was just wondering, is there anything different you need to do for incubating duck eggs compared to chicken? like, does the humidity need to be higher? do they need to be turned less or more? does the temperature need to be different? i thinkk i remember hearing once that you need to take them out and lightly spray them with water and let them cool for a couple of minutes like once a day, is that true? anythingg else?

    answers would be muchh appreciated [​IMG]
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Ducks take longer depending on the breed. You need to tell us what breed so we can tell you how long. Calls are usually 24 days, mallard derivitives are 28 and the rest are about 32-36 days.

    Ducks need higher humidity, but do not not NUTS with it. 70-80% is good. Though I have hatched ducks at 55%...... I believe no one REALLY knows.
  3. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    i hatched ducks well with temperature of 99.25 and humidity 60%. ducks need slightly less temp and more humidity. also, they need to be turned on their sides. putting them upright will hurt the embryo.
    for lockdown, i had it 75% and 99.0 F. my ducks began pipping on day 25 and hatched on day 27. (they were Khaki Campbell)
  4. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    flat rock
    I have never hatched ducks before but i will be getting some khaki campbells in the future...I have never heard about laying the eggs on their side...anybody know why that is...I was planning on using my turner but if they have to lay down the turner will be no good....anybody else hear about laying duck eggs on their side?
  5. Ashleyy_x3

    Ashleyy_x3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    hmm, really? i wasnt aware that they needed to be turned on their sides and not up-right. doesnt phase me anyways as i dont have an automatic turner anyways and usually lay my eggs on their sides and manually turn them anyways, but still good to know [​IMG] haha

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