Hatching Duck Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by naveed, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. naveed

    naveed Songster

    Sep 17, 2007

    I hope everyone here is fine. I am going to hatch the duck eggs. Ok i know that it takes 28 days to hatch, but what should be the humidity and temperature.

    As different sources says different humidities. So, is there anyone here who can guide me properly that what should be necessary in hatching duck eggs. I have hatched different chicken eggs before and got good hatch rate but now i want to hatch duck eggs and need help. Thanks alot.



  2. naveed

    naveed Songster

    Sep 17, 2007
    So, no one here ever hatched ducks?
  3. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Same temp as for chickens, 99.5 forced air 102 for still and humidity around 50% for incubation and 80% for hatch [​IMG]
  4. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    I also misted our ducks twice a day for the first 25 days and got great results 21 of 23 of our ducks hatched!
  5. chicksbestfriend

    chicksbestfriend Songster

    Jul 12, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    Depending on your incubator settings, skill level, and the eggs' genetic make-up, length of incubation will differ, as well as the numbers listed below. A couple degrees off could mean a big change in length of incubation and possibly a big failure!!! If the eggs are from a good broody hen the numbers should be right on. The temp. is the same as with chickens however, the relative humidity is a little bit more since the duck eggs take a little bit longer to hatch open due to the thickness of the shells. I have hatched out several breeds of ducks, however, I am a Muscovy lover and have hatched mostly that species, with a 98% hatch rate.
    Species Incubation Temp (F.) Relative Humidity Stop

    Period Forced Air Humidity Last 3 Days Turning Eggs

    all otherDucks 28 days 99.5 70-75% 90-95% 26th day

    Muscovy 35-37 days 99.5 70-75% 90-95% 34th day
  6. CityChicker

    CityChicker Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    The Mallard derived breeds can vary from about 26 days for the bantam breeds to around 30 days for Runners. Most of the other large breeds take about 28 days, but they vary a lot more in incubation length than other breeds of poultry. They also tend to internally pip much longer in advance, sometimes up to 3 days in advance of hatching. We try to keep our temperature at around 99.3 to 99.5. We keep humidity during incubation at about 55%. That also varies a lot though as well, just monitor weight and air cell size. If they are not dehydrating enough, drop the humidity and/or spray the eggs. Depending on the breed, a few days before the hatch is due or at first sign of internal pip, we up the humidity to about 85%. This seems to work very well for us, but duck eggs tend to be harder to hatch than some other types of poultry. If you get above even 80-85% hatch rate, that is quite good.

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