Hatching ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Emchick160, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. Emchick160

    Emchick160 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,
    First time hatcher of anything here, which will become quite apparent as you continue to read!
    Husband and I bought 2 doz fertile chicken eggs from a breeder, and after hearing that hubby was a chef, she gave him several duck and quail eggs to eat.
    When we got home and set up the incubator, we also put in a couple of quail and duck eggs at the same time. We are on day 7 today and I have just candled a few eggs, and as the duck eggs are white I wanted to use them to compare to see what I should be seeing in a non fertile egg, only to see veins inside the duck egg!!!
    After a quick look on google, I see that the chickens should be ready to hatch about a week earlier than the ducks will be ready, so my question is... What do I do?? I don't want to harm the quails, chicks or ducklings but with 3 different hatch rates and one incubator I'm unsure how to proceed, any info would be a huge help to this novice, lesson learned!
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Can you buy another incubator? One can get a Janoel48 on ebay for about $108. If you could do that, you could transfer the chicken eggs on day 19.

    -Kathy
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    How long do quail take?

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  4. Emchick160

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    Thanks Kathy, I told a friend about my dilemma and she suggested I just borrow an incubator... DUH!! Why didnt I think of that haha!! Quails take about 18 days I think, but im not worried about them as I candles them and they look clear to me :)
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Perfect!

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  6. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could halways bye a hatching incubator , one without a turner so you just place the eggs that are done turning into the hatcher for them to hatch with harming the other eggs .
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    That's sort of what I suggested in post #2. The Janoel 48 is a great hatcher for $108.

    -Kathy
     
  8. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or you can get a hove incubator for 99.00 dollars from their website or efowl.com it works great as well .
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    The Janoel 48 is all digital, easy to clean plastic, has a fan, and turner! I have one and use it for hatching, but have also used it for incubation. Either way, I think it's a better bang for the buck.

    -Kathy
     
  10. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same for the hova , and the hova comes with automatic quail, duck, and chicken turn trays I you choose to get them, built in fan and all that jazz I love mine
     

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