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HELP - My eggs have been in the incubator for 31 days and have not hatched.

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I have 5 duck eggs (1 Jumbo pekin, 1 welsh harlequin, 2 white crested, & 1 cayuga) in my incubator.  It has been 31 days and they have not hatched.  I am trying to be patient but I no longer see movement in 2 of the eggs.  I am using a new incubator this year (Brinsea mini advanced).  Any suggestions?  I would hate to loose all the ducklings.

post #2 of 9

When was the last candling? Had they internally pipped then? What temp did you set the incubator to at lock down? Have you done anything since lock down?

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post #3 of 9
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I have been holding a flashlight on the outside of the incubator to see movement.  I opened the incubator today and candled them.  Two with movement have internally pipped.  One has not.  The other two without movement - I am pretty sure one internally pipped the other did not.  I have the incubator set at 99.4 degrees.  I am worried the humidity is not high enough.  I placed a wet sponge in the incubator this morning.  I have read about making a small hole in the egg but I don't want to harm the duckling.

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Okay. Is it a still air incubator or forced air?

 

I've been advised to always drop the temperature for hatching by a few degrees, so I'm worried that 99.4 might have been high for hatching. Humidity from just a sponge may not have been enough. I've read of some folks using entire face cloths on the bottom on their incubators (more surface area, better evaporation) to get the humidity high enough for duck eggs. Did the window fog over with moisture when you went into lock down?

Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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post #5 of 9
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The water is full in the reservoir and yes there has been moisture on sides of the incubator during lockdown.  I will drop the temp a few degrees and see if that helps.  Any other suggestions?

post #6 of 9
I'm not sure. If there's been nothing for a few days it's tough to say. The two that internally pipped still had movement when you candeled today? If so I'd say they should hatch in the next day or two.

Not sure on the others but it doesn't sound promising, maybe someone else has another idea.

Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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post #7 of 9
I was going to throw out my quail eggs today, six days past hatch day. I came home and found five had hatched and others are pipping.

Maybe another day or two and your ducks will hatch.
post #8 of 9
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I got home from work today and two of the ducklings had externally pipped! Hoping for the 3rd to make it also.
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Good. ☺
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