Will my duck eggs be able to handle high humidity??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by austin12895, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. austin12895

    austin12895 Songster

    May 17, 2009
    Reedsville, WI
    I have 14 Button Quail eggs in my incubator that are due to hatch a week from today. I also just set 3 duck eggs today in the same incubator. I only have one incubator so i was wondering if the duck eggs will be ok when i raise the humidity for the buttons to hatch? I know im still going to have to turn them when the incubator is suppose to be on lockdown, I just figured that with only 3 eggs to turn I could be in and out of the incubator in seconds and even mist the button eggs if i have to. Any advice would be much appreciated!

  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    I once had quail and Duck eggs in the incubator- I had good hatches from both. I set ducks eggs every 1 to 2 weeks generally now ( - but no longer have quail ) . I used to use a separate hatcher- but have gotten into a routine of looking at the aircells as well as measuring humidity and compensating either way when required as the eggs sometimes go into 3 Lockdown periods before they hatch. Being that lockdown for the quail is so early- you have plenty of time to even things out if needed over the following three weeks.
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    People do it. It's not ideal, but it probably won't completely ruin the hatch. Keep careful track of those air cells, though, and compensate with lower humidity later in the hatch if they don't seem to be growing well. You can also spritz them with water daily and that will help the air cell to develop (counter-intuitive, I know, but spritzing with water has the same effect as LOW humidity).

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