Hybrid Duck Egg Incubation ???'s

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CochinCuddlr, May 4, 2017.

  1. CochinCuddlr

    CochinCuddlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2014
    Hoosier State
    Good morning BYC peeps ~

    I shall do my utmost to keep this brief. I will offer my mea culpa up front: I did not do my due diligence & research before making a decision, & now I see the problem I've given myself. I should have known better. Here's the situation: a year ago I accepted a Pekin duckling as a rescue, from pretty terrible conditions. A couple months later, once "Tweety" was nearly mature, I realized s/he wasn't quite happy with the flock of chickens, turkeys, and peafowl... I went on a search for a duck-buddy. I found a Muscovy drake who was in need of placement & brought him home. The first few weeks were a bit rough--we realized very quickly that poor Tweets was, in fact, a hen (much to Hell-Duck's delight)--as "Daffy, aka "Hell-Duck" serial-r*ped her at every opportunity. LOL. They are now inseparable.
    Fast forward to this spring. Tweets is laying eggs all over the property (new name: Egg-Drop-Duck). I've gathered a bunch to incubate in a bigger bater coming this weekend. I set 6 in my Brinsea last night ... Problem: I didn't realize Muscovy ducks took longer to incubate than 'normal' ducks.

    What the HECK do I do? Where do I stop turning them? Any help is appreciated!!!

  2. Erka97

    Erka97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2017
    I would just candle them each day, and stop turning when they start pipping internally.
    I've also seen people suggest stopping turning for the last week of incubation [day 14 for chickens, so it'd be day 21 or a bit later for your ducks] to decrease the chances of malpositioned chicks.
    I've had muscovies and other duck breeds, including pekins, before, but I don't know if they bred and generally broody ducks did the egg sitting.

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