Incubating Questions re: duck and chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Epona142, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bedias, TX
    I think hubby is bringing me an incubator! [​IMG]

    So I had some questions. Can you incubate duck and chicken eggs together?
    I have a barred rock who started laying a couple weeks ago. At least one egg had a spot on the yolk when I opened it for breakfast. Does this mean she is laying fertile eggs? She has a big RIR boyfriend.
    How long can I collect her eggs and store them before putting them in the incubator.
    I won't have a turner, how many times a day do eggs need to be turned. I've heard of using egg cartons to keep them from rolling around . . . how would I use those?
    Please, feel free to share any other information you think I may need. [​IMG]
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Hi! It is my understanding that duck eggs need to incubate at a much higher humidity than chicken.
    If her eggs are fertile you will see a bullseye in the yolks.
    Turn the eggs once in morning and again in evening.
    I never set eggs after they are 7 days old but that's just me and they need to be turned while in storage as well.
    If you use egg cartons, tilt them at an angle from side to side when turning [​IMG]
    Hope this helps.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Their incubation time is different as well. Chickens are only 21 days, while ducks (depending on type) are 28-35 days.

  4. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I've done duck & chicken eggs at the same time for the last part of the incubation. But typically, ducks need higher humidity than chicken eggs....
  5. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bedias, TX
    Thanks for the info. I think I'll do them separately just to make sure. I don't actually have duck eggs, my one female duck is too young to lay, but I hope to buy some in the future.
    And hubby got me an egg turner as well! What a good hubby. [​IMG]
    I have friends who breed chickens, so I will try to get some eggs from them and keep a few of my hen's eggs for a run. [​IMG]

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