Help with hatching duck egg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Paulanc, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Paulanc

    Paulanc New Egg

    Apr 9, 2016
    This is my first time hatching duck eggs. I do not have an incubator and I'm using a plastic container with a heat bulb from my babies chickens. I know it needs to be between 99 and 101 in temp, I have a bowl of water in the container with the eggs....
    I am only doing 6 eggs right now until I know if this will work.
    Do I need to keep it closed with the light heating the lid to keep it warmer and the humidity higher for them?
    I know I have to turn them and mist often for each?
    How long does it take for them to hatch?
    When can I candle them and see if they are fertile?

    Thanks for any help!


    This is what it looks like.....what if anything do I need to change?
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Hi, I think you are going to need to be able to enclose them at a certain point. I am not a hatcher, but I do look over some of the hatching threads.

    Have you seen the sticky on hatching waterfowl eggs? this one applies to goose and duck, if I understand correctly.

    Then there is a Hatching forum - that is mostly chickens but some folks hatch both.

    And sometimes I send people over to the Call Ducks Finally Hatched thread here on the Duck Forum, because there are hatchers there.

    I don't know who has used DIY systems, but probably at least a few have.

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