Hatching Duck Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MrsFordTN, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. MrsFordTN

    MrsFordTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Couple Questions from a newbie, not sure if this is even the right place for duck questions.

    How long are eggs good? I mean if I picked up fresh eggs from a seller and wanted to wait on maybe a shipment or picking up more eggs, how long could I wait and during this waiting period what should I do.

    I have never honestly seen a duck egg in person, how much bigger are they and will they fit in an auto turner? Do they need to be turned different then chicken eggs?

    I know the hum. needs to be higher, what about temp?

    Ummm, also, sexing ducks? I know some of the eggs I plan on getting are a breed, so I guess that won't be hard, but a few others are mixed all up, is there a way to tell?

    Any help will be very very very welcome!
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Generally the viability of an egg to hatch starts to decrease after a week or so. Freshest is definitely best- as even if an old egg is fertile and does hatch- the duckling may still be weak or have issues.

    Duck eggs are bigger than a chicken egg but can still fit into a turner- but they actually do much better when laid down on their sides and hand turned.

    Temp is the same as for chickens..but yes humidity is higher..55- 60% for 25 days- then 80 % for lockdown.

    there are only a few breeds that are auto sexing. The rest you can either vent sex- but thats better left to someone who knows what they are doing so as not to injure the duckling- or wait a few weeks and see who QUACKS and who has a more quiet raspy voice. ... The females are louder than the males.


    Hope some of this helps you.
     
  3. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:what is the rationale for laying them flat as opposed to placing them in the incubator??????????????
     
  4. MrsFordTN

    MrsFordTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the info! I wouldn't even think of look at their bottoms, as I don't know what the heck I would be doing. I mean I can barely sex chickens as adults (Note I gave my grandfather a white leghorn 'rooster' that I now have eggs in the bator from...)

    The guy I was going to get mixed duck eggs from disappeared, so I need to find a replacement soon...
     

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