I thought some of you who hatch your own eggs may be interested in this. It is a good example of why only the best eggs should be chosen for hatching. I have a setting of eggs in the bator all from a single duck. She is about 2 years old and consistently lays an egg smaller than average for my flock. Being that I am currently hatching for my show team and breeders for next year, I am keeping track of who is with whom and only hatching from a single female - or two if they are both in with the same male. That way- rather than having 25 different leg ring combinations to tell them apart- I can just makes records until about 6 weeks old at whih stage I will have selected the ones to grow out completely. I have had a few ducklings pip the wrong end of the egg at time - but this hatch has me totally surprised!!! Of the 8 eggs- so far 7 have pipped, and all but one are the WRONG way. From what I can see of the 8th- it too looks to be the wrong way. I have circled where the pip holes are in blue on the the back to front ones- and in purple on the one pipped the right way. Notice the shape of the eggs - the one circled in purple is a much more normal egg shape- the others all being a bit narrow. I am wondering if this is the reason for them being back to front. I still have some more egg in the incubator from this girl- so will be interested to see how the next lot go. Oh - and for those of you worrying about the door of the incubator being opened- The humidity was actually up to 90% and it was literally raining in there - the whole door covered in condensation- The humidity was right where it needed to be at 80% within minutes of the door being closed again. I wouldnt have risked the eggs if I didnt think that I could safely take to photo.