What is the best incubator for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by The Pinto Pony, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. The Pinto Pony

    The Pinto Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!! I was wondering what incubator would do best for duck eggs. I would like one that could hold 10+ eggs at a time but that's not necessary.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I had a very good (100%) hatch with my first set of duck eggs in a Brinsea Eco 20. From what I heard Brinsea incubators across the board are excellent, but there are other brands that are good too. This is just one that I have experience with.
     
  3. purslanegarden

    purslanegarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is not one specific to ducks. In fact, any incubator can hatch various bird eggs, reptile eggs, and even ... well I guess that's all the kinds of eggs we usually hatch in incubators.

    The main thing I like in the incubator is the auto-turning thing. However, that is often the same price as the foam incubator itself. They really get you on that accessory.
     
  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think once you get an incubator that holds temperature and humidity consistently steady, technique will be key to successful hatches. Misting and cooling duck eggs, in conjunction with hand turning, works best, IMO. I hatch Muscovy eggs, which take about 35 days.

    That said, my incubators are a Brinsea Advance 20 (not filled to capacity) for incubation and a Hova-Bator 1588 for hatching.
     
  5. The Pinto Pony

    The Pinto Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! I think I'll go for a Brinsea incubator because I've heard very good things about them.
     
  6. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't think you'll be sorry you did. BTW, that's a good-looking drake you have as your avatar. Is he black or chocolate?
     
  7. The Pinto Pony

    The Pinto Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!! Le quack(the drake) used to be a show bird until his previous owners bought him and gave him only cracked corn to eat[​IMG]. That ruined his plumage until I bought him and now hes back to being a White-headed Chocolate ripple instead of a White-headed Buff. I have to say hes my most well behaved duck so far, I'm hoping to get some ducklings from him [​IMG]! You can see more photos and videos of him on my Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/quackin_not_lackin/.
     
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  8. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    For crying out loud - where did the "only feed cracked corn" thing come from?? I read about a duck in another thread that was suffering health problems because of it, and the owner was told by the seller to do it. [​IMG]

    It looks like you've done a very nice job, indeed, of bringing him back to health! He should sire some very pretty babies.
     
  9. The Pinto Pony

    The Pinto Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know why people think they'll be healthy with only cracked corn, it makes me mad. Plus I wouldn't want to be fed corn for my whole life even if I was a bird : /.

    Thankyou, I have worked very hard getting him back to the way he is now. I can't wait till my female Muscovy gets better plumage too!! I also can't wait for those gorgeous ducklings[​IMG]!!
     
  10. The Duck Ladie

    The Duck Ladie Duck Addict

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