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Incubating Duck eggs with Chicken eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Henriettahen, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Henriettahen

    Henriettahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a total newb...I was just wondering, is it possible to incubate both duck eggs and chicken eggs at the same time...in the same incubator?

    or do they have different requirements?


    thanks
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've never tried it, but the duck eggs take longer to hatch so that would be an issue.
     
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    longer hatch and more humidity
     
  4. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Duck eggs require higher humidity levels than chickens do. I've only hatched ducks once, but I seem to recall the number of days is longer too...

    Julie [​IMG]
     
  5. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    My book from Brinsea says they both require the same humidity, 40-50%.
     
  6. Henriettahen

    Henriettahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ic....


    the reason I asked was, My friend is possibly buying an incubator, along with duck eggs to hatch , and I am thinking hatching some chicks.

    I was hoping I would be able to share an incubator so that I don't have to buy a incubator that holds 50 eggs when I am only hatching 3 [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2008
  7. Kristina

    Kristina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a seperate hatcher you can incubate them together. I always do and have never had any problems.
     
  8. Henriettahen

    Henriettahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you mean by a seperate hatcher?

    srry...I have never incubated before
     
  9. Poultryraiser

    Poultryraiser Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a problem hatching duck eggs with chicken eggs befor. The bactiria from the chicken eggs killed the ducks wene they hatched
     
  10. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    I'm not sure why that would happen, but couldn't you do a very quick clean of the incubator with a mild detergent then put the duck eggs back in? I had to take my incubator apart during my first hatch, and I still got an 80% hatch on shipped eggs.
     

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