Baby Duckling on the way, I really need advice!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lslauds, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. lslauds

    lslauds Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay I'm afraid I have an early hatch. I'm hatching a mallard duckling and it's only day 21. I went in at 8:30 tonight to turn it and refill the rings and it felt it pipped underneath the shell. So I assume if it makes it to actually breaking through the shell it will be sometime tomorrow. I placed eight sponges at the bottom of the incubator and have a vaporizer going. Please read my other topic as well:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=47171
     
  2. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think you may be confusing peep (making noice) and pip (cracking the shell)... It is not unusual for chicks to move in the shell before they are ready to hatch. They are not actually "pipping" until they are first cracking the shell...

    Keep your temp right, humidity normal for incubating and relax. I would push the humidity way up so early unless it does actually pip he shell.

    Most of all... relax. [​IMG]
     
  3. hiddenmagnolia

    hiddenmagnolia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like RC said do not panic. It is normal for babies to move in their shell. Just let the duck finish developing. He will do the rest.
     
  4. lslauds

    lslauds Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, thanks guys! -relaxing-
    Should I keep turning it until day 26? Or should I stop earlier than that?
     
  5. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Keep turning till day 26. If it does pip the shell sooner then stop....
     
  6. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    So ISLAUDS how are things going there????

    I believe you at day 26 tomorrow?
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2008

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