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Silkie hatching duck eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SundownWaterfowl, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. I was wondering if anybody here uses silkie hens to incubate duck eggs, if so, do you spray the eggs every day? And do you get good hatch rates?
     
  2. I haven't, but I'm tempted to try. I use my Muscovies for nearly everything and with very good results. They are the only way I hatched out ANY of my silky bantam ducks last year...and two Sebbies! I've been very tempted to get a silkie hen just as a back-up incubator!
     
  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

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    My teeny black silkie Beebers has been sitting on 4 eggs in the coop and the duck layed her egg next to her. I guess Beebers felt obligated and pushed that puppy under her [​IMG] She's a trooper but I took it anyways since the duck egg was almost 1/2 of her under side.
     
  4. Ive read that when having silkies set on duck eggs, that you need to mist the eggs at least once a day, since the silkies are going for a swim and then bringing moisture back to the eggs.
     
  5. coloradochick

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    Do you mean the ducks go for a swim? I've yet to see my little Beebers doing the dog paddle. [​IMG]

    I think I've heard that somewhere too. After read your post I did think twice about putting an egg or two under her but then they are just so big compared to her. Maybe someone will get on and answer this for you.

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  6. Ducks swim and bring the water back to their eggs, thus increasing the humidity more than chickens. It would be call duck eggs, they are small.
     
  7. coloradochick

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    I hope I didn't offend you I was just being silly. If they're Call Ducks then I would try a couple under her. Couldn't hurt to try. They really do get warm when they're sitting. I know when I lift Beebers up her underside is warm and a little moist.
     
  8. amyrenee

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    yes a silkie chicken can and will hatch duck eggs mine has already done it once, last year and she has decided to sit on 5 this year so we are leaving her alone i do make sure there is a pan medium size like a metel round dog dish little deep with fresh water and once with food for her, they are growing well she is seperate from my other 7 chickens for now that are large so she is not bothered during this we have 4 by 5 small coop similiar to a small dog house that we cut out and put to wall vent on each side along with to doors one large cut out so i have access to clean and one small in to run to give her the room to roam out side if need and we can open vent also for air flow also a perch in case wanted she loves it and when done hatching goes right back out to other chickens with no issues these babies were kicking up a storm tonight when i checked useing my flash light on my cell phone it was awesome to see and my kids love the experience hope this helps i have never mostioned the eggs but we also have not had exstream hot weather but my understanding is the water in bowl will act as a humidifier for moister and other threads people have mentioned this as succesfull and we were last year so we will see what will be will be
    hope this helps
    :)
     

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