Help!!! Dont know anything about hatching duck eggs!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RooptyDoo, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Songster

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    I have a friend that wants me to hatch some duck eggs. I really need some advice. How long is the incubation period? What should the humidity be? Temp? How many times do I need to turn them? I've hatched chicken eggs lots of times but I didnt know if there was a big difference between the two. Any advice will help!!!! Thanks alot! RooptyDoo
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    There are many opinions on the incubation temp and humidity, but the way I do it is 100 degrees and 70% humidity days 1-25, and 99 degrees and 85% humidity days 25-28.

    All 'mallard derived' breeds take 28 days to hatch. Muscovy take 35. Calls can take from 23-26 days.

    Many people have hatched duck and chickens together with no problems at all.
     
  3. Teresaann24

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    Jul 29, 2008
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    I am in the middle of incubating duck and chicken eggs together. My temp in a still air LG runs between 99-101.9 and humidity is been from 45-50. I have however sprayed some water on the duck eggs. So I am doing a bit of a dry hatch on the duck eggs. I made a homemade hatcher for hatching the chicken eggs seperate though. So far so good!! I am on day 12
     
  4. L*A*G*

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    Nov 19, 2008
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 35 days for a scovy!!!!!!!!! i thought it took only 28!!!!
    OMG! if i didn't c this thread i would have shut the bator down on day 31 not knowing it wasn't time!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    See, Isn't this a great place. You learn something new everyday. [​IMG]
     
  6. SportTees

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    Quote:I'm doing mine this way to its day 20 and everything looks good- only thing is I don't have a separate hatcher [​IMG]
     
  7. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    Quote:u got that right! this is also my first time hatching a duck (w/ chickens)
     

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