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

hippie

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Mar 31, 2009
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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.
 

SallysCrazyFarm

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Apr 28, 2012
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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.
 

hippie

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Mar 31, 2009
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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.
 

hippie

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 31, 2009
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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.
 

ChickieBooBoo

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Dec 2, 2009
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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.
 

BayGoose

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Jun 2, 2012
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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.

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!
 

hippie

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10 Years
Mar 31, 2009
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N.E. missouri
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.
 

ejctm

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Apr 25, 2009
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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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