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hatching duck eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dinahmoe, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    sorry if this is a dumb question but i am new to ducks.i want to get some hatching eggs this spring and wanted to know if a chicken will hatch them and raise them?if so,when would i have to take them due to the feed differences and water?i have some great broodies and they do such a good job.

    i am getting calls so does that matter because of the size?

    thanks for any info:)
     
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, chickens can and do successfully hatch duck eggs--no problem. Not sure about the call duck thing... someone else will have to answer for sure, but I suspect it's not a big deal since chicken eggs are smaller than full-sized duck eggs anyway. Good luck!
     
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    your call duck eggs are about same size as chickens, Just remember duck eggs for the most part take longer to hatch than chckens(28 days) other than that no problem
     
  4. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    My hens have hatched ducks. I fed Purina Flock Raiser to them and the hen after hatch. It was funny to see them try and get under her when they were only a couple of weeks old because they grow so fast....They barely fit [​IMG]
     
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I've had chickens hatch duck eggs, even goose eggs! Once I gave a bantam hen 3 duck eggs, then a week later added 3 chicken eggs. It was cute to watch her with her family of chicks & ducklings that hatched on the same day. I imagined her scolding her ducklings "why can't you learn to scratch and dust-bathe like your other brothers & sisters?" And the ducklings would answer "Mo-ommm, when will you take us to the pool?"
     
  6. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    thanks everyone.
    thats a good idea putting a few chicken eggs in a week later.
    what about the hen quitting after 3 weeks thinking they won't hatch?
     
  7. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
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    Usually hens won't leave the nest at exactly 21 days...I have had them try and sit for several months..... [​IMG]
     
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Chickens aren't that good at counting...
     
  9. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Quote:LOL! That just made me laugh.... [​IMG]
     
  10. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Quote:LOL! That just made me laugh.... [​IMG]

    me too:lol:
     

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