using incubator as a brooder

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by blinkfn45, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. blinkfn45

    blinkfn45 New Egg

    Nov 12, 2013
    So I have a small pen for my baby pekin duck but was wondering if I could continue to use the incubator as a heat regulated area that is safer at night. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You probably could for a few days but it will soon outgrow it. The bigger concern is providing food and water and the droppings. It will be very difficult to clean the incubator for the next hatch. Bacteria in the incubator is a big factor in the ability to hatch eggs.

    A proper brooder is not hard to set up. Ducks are pretty messy though.
    I would just hang a heat lamp in it's pen. A warm spot is all it needs. The entire area doesn't need to be an elevated temperature.

    Last edited: Nov 13, 2013

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