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Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 11 11:23 pm    Post subject: Hatching ducks in the incubator question ...`  Reply with quote    

I want to hatch some of my duck eggs ... what sort of humidity should I be giving them?

I have the main incy running at about 30% and the hatcher at 45% to 65%. Help!

girlracer265



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 11 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

chez, i would do the ducks about the same

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 11 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez. I have two cracking little books on incubation. Just say the word and they could be with you tomorrow.

Debbie



Joined: 04 Dec 2004
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Location: Exmoor Devon
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 11 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The last timeI hatched duck eggs with any sucess I went for a very old fashioned manual method. I ran the incubator dry but each day took the lid off for ten minutes, sprayed the eggs with water then replaced the lid.....apparently this mimicks mother duck leaving to feed and swim for 10 mins a day then coming back wet. 4 days before hatching I filled the water reservoirs but continued with my daily spraying. 80% sucess which I was quite pleased with.

Chez



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 11 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks, all. I have the Rob Harvey book on incubation, Bodger ... clearly I should have looked it up, but I was on the gin last night .

I will pop some in with the hen eggs I am setting later this week then and see what happens!

welsh veg grower



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 11 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I cant remember exactly but it was very dry until last few days then thye needed high mositure to hatch if I remember right. I ahve a duck book here somewhere will have a look for it

sicknote



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Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 11 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have always done 30 to 40% to start (running dry in our house) until day 24ish and then up the humidity to 50 to 60% until they have all hatched. Once the first couple are out the humidity goes up naturally anyway (pretty much the same a chooks)

We found loads of books, manuals, websites etc recommend really high humidty throughout but when we first tried this had the same as with chickens, lots of 'sticky' ducklings.

We have always incubated ours alongside the chicken eggs, but the secret is to candle quite often as the gas from a bad/dead duck egg will poison the forming chicks in the other eggs.

Becki



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 11 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I put the humidity right up to 70 when the table gets turned off, can't remember what it was before, I'll ask when E gets in, she's the expert I've had a good hatch rate so far, with more on the go.

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