Hatching Duck Eggs in Farm Innovators 4200?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MWard, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. MWard

    MWard New Egg

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    Hello All,

    I have recently purchased a Farm Innovators 4200 Pro Series incubator that was well-recommended at my local feed store. I have read up on them and know that I need a back-up thermometer and perhaps hygrometer just to double check against what comes installed. that's not a problem.

    I bought the unit with the egg turner and there seems to be some question as to whether or not I can use that to hatch duck eggs. The included instructions flat out say no, but my eggs are realistically about the size of extra large or jumbo chicken eggs, and the feed store manager (who hatches a lot on his own and knows his stuff) had looked at the rail prior to purchase and thought it would work. I can't seem to find any separate rails for duck size for sale.

    So my question is whether anyone has used the egg turner included (chicken size) to hatch duck eggs. I hate to spend the money on a turner and then have to take it out and turn them by hand!!

    Thanks a lot for any input!
     
  2. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    If the eggs fit in the turner without wobbling or slipping it will work.
     
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  3. MWard

    MWard New Egg

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    That's what I thought and what the manager told me as well. When I got the incubator home I did try a couple duck eggs in it to see, and they seem to seat pretty well. I'm going to give it a shot.

    Thanks!!
     
  4. MWard

    MWard New Egg

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    They also fit in an extra-large chicken egg box, so I'm thinking I'm pretty good to go.
     
  5. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like they will work just fine then.
     
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  6. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hows it going with that bator?
     
  7. MWard

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    It's going well. I've had 4 ducks hatch successfully out of 6 locked down. I just place the eggs every-other cup (they get too wide to do side-by-side) so in total I can get half what a set of chicken eggs would do--24. You just need to watch where the motor is seated on the top; it can bump the egg. Other than that it's working just fine!
     
  8. MWard

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    Getting ready to hatch another set and then do a large batch of 24.
     
  9. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad to here it. I'm getting ready to use a FI4200 as well with some turkey eggs. I am glad its working for you.
     
  10. cmferrante

    cmferrante Out Of The Brooder

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    How did this work out overall? I'm going to buy one tomorrow for chicken eggs...and hopefully ducks if it will work.
     

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