Is it just me, or are ducks trickier than chickens?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hippie, May 23, 2012.

  1. hippie

    hippie In the Brooder

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    I am not have a very successful hatch rate with ducks in my incubator. I candle them and they all seem to be fertile and developing, but very few make it out of the shell.
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    I dont have your answers have you tried asking in the duck section ? They may know.
     
  3. SallysCrazyFarm

    SallysCrazyFarm In the Brooder

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    Are you misting and cooling the duck eggs? That boosts hatch rates. There are some extra care to waterfowl eggs vs chickens.
     
  4. hippie

    hippie In the Brooder

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    I haven't been on here in awhile and didn't realize there was a duck section. I just have the eggs in the incubator with the rest of my eggs. It does a good job on chickens and guineas, but the ducks are another story. I will look into the misting and cooling though. Thanks.
     
  5. hippie

    hippie In the Brooder

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    They seem to be doing just fine in the incubator until sometime after week 3....then I am losing most of them within a week of the hatch date.
     
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Thats funny because I have always had excellent hatch rates from waterfowl in general, ducks and geese. They've been popping out like popcorn all spring. I mist all my duck and goose eggs once a day and turn them once by hand in addition to them being in a turner.
     
  7. BayGoose

    BayGoose Chirping

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    Same here. Great hatch rates with waterfowl. Almost 100% this year. I also mist the eggs everyday. I think daily misting and 15 min cooling everyday really helps a lot!
     
  8. hippie

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    Thanks Bay Goose! I will try that because I have been very disappointed in my rates....maybe 10%. It is odd because they seem to make it for 3 weeks or so and then they die in the shell.
     
  9. hippie

    hippie In the Brooder

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    MISTING IT IS!!!
     
  10. ejctm

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    Perhaps they are affected by the other eggs having shorter hatch times as they take 28 days?
    Also they must have higher humidity during lockdown than chicks. Just a thought.
     

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