I ordered duck eggs from Metzer Farms. I live in NC and I received them from California two days after I ordered them. I received 14 eggs instead of the original 12 that I ordered which was awesome and I was very pleased with the shipping time. But October 28th (yesterday) was hatching day, but I only had two ducklings hatch. I had two rotten Pekin eggs, and the other 10 eggs haven't hatched yet and it's October 29th. I ordered Pekin, Cayuga and Chocolate Runners. I have one Pekin and one Runner as of right now that have hatched. I knew when I got the eggs that I wouldn't get all of them to hatch, but I didn't expect to just get two... Is it normal to have a hatchign rate as low as this? I have no Cayuga ducklings to hatch yet. Is it normal to have ducks hatch late? How late can these few duck breeds hatch (Pekin, Chocolate Runners and Cayuga)? What do I need to do to help them hatch? I candled them when I got them and the air cells were big enough, then I candled them again after one week of incubation and you could see veins so something was growing. I candled some of them today and you could see what looks like a duckling, and it all looked intact, it didn't look like runny gunk like the rotten eggs did when I candled them... I sprinkled the eggs with water and put a wet sponge in the incubator today. I'm using the incubator my animal science teacher is providing for me at school. I'm just scared that I won't get anymore to hatch but I'm trying to keep hope. Any suggestions on what I should do? Or is it too late for them to hatch? Also, is Metzer Farms a good trust worthy business? Any information/suggestions/opinions are appreciated. Thanks!
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