Calls hatching, when to assist

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I have call ducks hatching. They are at day 26. I had two pip last night about 6:30. I have read many of the posts on the difficulty they have hatching. When do you assist and is there any specifics for them, I have assisted with chickens but ths is our first time with ducks.
 

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I have call ducks hatching. They are at day 26. I had two pip last night about 6:30. I have read many of the posts on the difficulty they have hatching. When do you assist and is there any specifics for them, I have assisted with chickens but ths is our first time with ducks.
I have no idea if this will help but Lacrystol is a top hatchers of Call ducks so maybe you can get some help from her page
http://www.lwbarnhouse.com/method2.html

http://www.lwbarnhouse.com/method1.html

I also sent her a PM with your link hopefully she is here on BYC.
 
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Miss Lydia

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Read the info, but another question, when candling I still can't tell much. What do I look for to determine if I make a safe hole?
I wish i could help you but i don't want to give you wrong info. please post here and hopefully someone will be on soon https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/760871/call-ducks-finally-hatched/4850.

Can you see if anyone has internally pipped, seems like that is when a safe hole would need to be done so they don't run out of air. but please don't go by me.
 

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I have call ducks hatching. They are at day 26. I had two pip last night about 6:30. I have read many of the posts on the difficulty they have hatching. When do you assist and is there any specifics for them, I have assisted with chickens but ths is our first time with ducks.
Day 26, Don't make the Safe Hole Until Tomorrow. Wait until day 27. What is your temp, humidity at right now and What are you using Still or Fan??
 

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I only ended up with two. I candled when I got home but no beaks and it is day 28. They are settled in the brooder, but how do you keep them dry? The first thing they did was go sit in the waterer.
 

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I only ended up with two. I candled when I got home but no beaks and it is day 28. They are settled in the brooder, but how do you keep them dry? The first thing they did was go sit in the waterer.
Here is an idea just make the hole large enough get their heads into, and then enlarge as they grow.. Congrats on the 2 you got they are adorable..

 
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