Beginning to think my duck eggs failed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Moondance, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Moondance

    Moondance Out Of The Brooder

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    On March 3rd at our local livestock auctions, I purchased a batch of 12 fertilised Indian Runner Duck eggs.

    15 days into incubating them in my Janoel, I candled the eggs to find 4 were complete fails and I had 8 viable eggs.
    Duck eggs take 28 days to hatch according to all information sources.

    My incubator has ticked over to Day 29 from the day I put the eggs into the incubator. TWO have started hatching, but in a 12 hour period, they've only successfully managed to make a hole big enough to push their beaks through... I first noticed that they were hatching at about 5am, its now 9:48pm and the progress hasn't been a lot. I don't know how normal or not normal this is, as I've never hatched ducklings before, only chickens. Am I supposed to HELP them or something??

    Now, as for the other 6 eggs? I can't hear any peeping from them, no tapping, they're quiet as the grave in there... How much longer should I give them before I just cut my losses?
     
  2. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I have read ducks take a long time from pip to hatch.
     
  3. Moondance

    Moondance Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, the first 2 hatched.... but the other 6 I've still not heard a sound coming from them.
    They're still quiet and nothing appears to be happening, a day later than it should have started.

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    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    They're so cute. Congrats! Good luck with the other eggs [​IMG]
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. How sweet. :fl for the others. :thumbsup
     
  6. Moondance

    Moondance Out Of The Brooder

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    My little bubs are out in their brooder. One of them is "sunning" itself under the light. LOL.
     
  7. Moondance

    Moondance Out Of The Brooder

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    Still nothing on the egg front.... :'(
    Hatchery isn't getting off to a very good start, our first ever batch of eggs and only 2 have hatched out of a dozen originally.

    Not good.
     
  8. Moondance

    Moondance Out Of The Brooder

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    Incubator has officially turned over to Day 30 and the other 6 eggs haven't even peeped. I think they're dead.
    Can anybody tell me what I should be seeing if I were to candle them?
     

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