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Eggs on day 29 -need some help

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So while fishing I found a nest that was messed up by a raccoon. There was 4 eggs (which I think are duck eggs)  left and they were cold so I thought it was best to take them home and try to get them to hatch. Once they hit day 8 they all had veins :D. But as they grew in the egg more I couldn't see anymore veins in any of them. When they were 25 days old I candled them again and they looked to have babys in them. They are all 29 days old but so far no pipping at all. :(. The one looks to be ready to hatch the air sac is nice and big and at a slope now. I am starting to get very worried that they won't hatch at all so if someone could give me some advice I would be very thankful. -will try to post pic as soon as it gets dark.-

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Some ducks, like the Muscovy, take longer than that to hatch, like 35 days, so I wouldn't worry just yet. Also, you don't want to candle them anymore, as they are moving into position to hatch.  You could prevent them from hatching if you mess with them at this point.  I would leave them alone from here on out.  Remember, if the duck is not healthy enough to get out of the shell itself, assisting its hatching may give it less of a quality of life afterwards.

10 BO, 12 EE, 1 Australorp, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 kiddos and a DH.
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10 BO, 12 EE, 1 Australorp, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 kiddos and a DH.
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