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Help with duck eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KDailey, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I have some duck eggs I want to incubate but I need to know temps and how much they differ from chicken eggs when incubating. My incubator is set perfectly for my chicken eggs and I really don't want to mess with it. I do have another incubator I can use, it's just not as good.
     

  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Same temps, higher humidity at lock down, of course they do take longer. What do you know about duck egg incubation?
     
  3. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I read about it when I first got my incubator and was going to incubate chicken eggs but I've forgotten it all and when I searched duck egg incubation on here I got a bunch of super duper long topics that would take forever to look through with our Internet.

    How many days? When do you take them out if the turner?
     
  4. Quote:what kind of ducks?

    regular ducks are 28 days
    lockdown: day 25

    muscovy are 35 days (on average)
    lockdown: day 32
     
  5. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I have a blue Swedish, a runner, what I think is a harlequin, and a call. Those are the hens. I have a call drake and a harlequin drake
     
  6. Loretta212

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    i just set pekin duck eggs this is my first time for duck eggs as well. i have hatched chickens twice. i am using a homemade incubator that i set to 99.5-100 i am keeping the hummidity around 40 and turning the eggs 4-5 times a day i also mist them a little once a day. other then that the only difference i can see is the incubation time (28 days for the ducks i have ) and i read you should candle around day 7-9 where usually candle chicken eggs on day 3! when are yours due to hatch ? mine should be hatching on jan 28-29th if all goes well!!! Good luck its nice to see someone else who is also trying for the first time [​IMG]
     
  7. GrannysRoost

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    This is my first time with ducks too, I have 21 left of 29 shipped welsh harlequin eggs due to hatch on the 18th, 1 of them is a double with both growing, hubby made me leave it in [​IMG] I have been keeping at about 100 and 50% humidity, turning 3 or 5 times a day. On day 10 when I turned I started misting once a day, I found so much conflicting information that I just decided on the method and seems to be working so far [​IMG]
     

  8. Loretta212

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    with my last chicken hatch i had 3 double yokers and not one of them hatched [​IMG] i watched them grow for a while but in the end they didnt make it
     
  9. cbohn80

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    i'm on day 7 and dont see any veins when i candle, what went wrong? could it have been too cold when i collected the eggs?
     
  10. i don't candle duck eggs til day 10 or 12.. have even had ducks hatch out babies in the snow when i lived up north.. so give it a few more days before you toss them
     

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