1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

I know you're not supposed to mix or have staggared hatches, but......

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tntstanifer, May 8, 2008.

  1. tntstanifer

    tntstanifer Chillin' With My Peeps

    247
    0
    129
    Nov 1, 2007
    Tennessee
    My kids and I found 2 duck eggs at the park day before yesterday. I brought them home and put them in the Hovabator forced air incubator that evening. It was already going with chicken eggs on Day 10. Has anyone every done this with success? I'm not going to raise the humidity much more than I've been keeping it (50%). Do you think it will work? I'll candle in a few more days to see if there's growth.
     
  2. rrcommander

    rrcommander Out Of The Brooder

    17
    0
    32
    May 1, 2008
    I am in the same boat. I have one duck egg. My question was opening the incubator after day 18 of the chickens cycle to turn the duck egg.
     
  3. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    875
    5
    151
    May 4, 2008
    Southern Illinois
    It can get tricky if you only have one incubator. I would set the duck eggs in one corner and place a soaking wet sponge next to them. also keep the duck eggs misted everytime you open the incubator.

    I have staggered eggs in my incubator with the turner but I write the dates to stop turning on each egg and on that date those eggs are moved to my hatching incubator. I candle the newest eggs when moving eggs that are ready to hatch. I am getting nearly 100% hatch on turkeys.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2008
  4. heatherspangler

    heatherspangler Out Of The Brooder

    14
    0
    22
    May 5, 2008
    NW Ohio
    I remember staggering hatches when i was younger when my mom was doing it. WE had 2 very large incubators with 4 large shelves and started at the top and moved down and wrote dates on them like someone else mentioned. We had chicks hatching every few days all the time, it seemed something was always hatching! We just switched the shelves every week as one hatched then moved it down. I don't think that it ever affected hatch % or anything like that, it seemed to work out.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2008
  5. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    875
    5
    151
    May 4, 2008
    Southern Illinois
    What is really working out well is the older poults are teaching the new hatched poults where to find the food and water. It's like having a nanny for the babies.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by