Incubating Duck eggs for the 1st time - Questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mrs. Fluffy Puffy, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I'll be getting some duck eggs in the mail next week, and I haven't the slightest idea how to incubate them. I've incubated chicken, guiinea, and peafowl eggs, but never ducks. I have a 1588 Genesis HB, a Brinsea Mini Advanced, and two Sportsman. Most likely I will incubate them in the Brinsea, as I can keep the humidity higher in there. So please tell me how many days to incubate, what temp, humidity etc.

    Oh, by the by..I do not have a gage or what ever it's called to measure humidity, and I have no way of getting one before the eggs get here so I don't know how I'll measure the humidity but... [​IMG]

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  2. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dont incubate them they have 20% chance of hatching if you do that but you can put them under a chicken than put them in the incubator for the last three days.[​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Don't have a broody hen at the moment. The only hen I have is rearing some chicks.


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  4. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not sure where this comes from but it's not true.

    You want the same temperature you would normally operate at for any of those incubator models. Usually that's 99.5. Your humidity should be set up the same as usual also, only when you open to turn the eggs you can mist them lightly with a spray bottle once a day. Some people don't do that. Try to pick up a digital hydrometer as soon as you can, just to be sure you're within range of 50% humidity.

    Candle as usual, go into lock down as usual, bump the humidity up to 70% at the time of lock down. Keep the lid shut to retain your humidity when they start to pip and hatch. The more you open it, the more issues you could cause.
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Not sure where this comes from but it's not true.

    You want the same temperature you would normally operate at for any of those incubator models. Usually that's 99.5. Your humidity should be set up the same as usual also, only when you open to turn the eggs you can mist them lightly with a spray bottle once a day. Some people don't do that. Try to pick up a digital hydrometer as soon as you can, just to be sure you're within range of 50% humidity.

    Candle as usual, go into lock down as usual, bump the humidity up to 70% at the time of lock down. Keep the lid shut to retain your humidity when they start to pip and hatch. The more you open it, the more issues you could cause.

    Thankyou, your advice was most helpful. So 50% humdity during the first 25 days of incubation, then during lockdown bump it up to 70%. Correct? [​IMG]

    Again, thanks so much.

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  6. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, 60%-70% for the last 3 days. All this hatching talk makes me want to hatch again but I really need to wait till late winter at the earliest. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Hehe, I have over 100 chicken eggs cookin'. [​IMG] I already hatched out close to 20 guinea keets, and 20 baby chicks! [​IMG] I just can't seem to turn the 'bators off!

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  8. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello! [​IMG]
    this is my second time incubating duck eggs, last batch went horrible, they all died, but im trying again. im hopeiing your hatch goes MUCH better then my first! good luck!
     
  9. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Thank you! [​IMG]

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  10. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy :

    Quote:Thank you! [​IMG]

    ~Aspen

    your welcome!!! what breeds are you puting in???​
     

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