Day 28 no movement no pipping?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Twoandhelp, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 27- I have no movement/pipping/cheeping. Is that ok? I put them on lockdown a day early bc I was counting from the day I started instead of the next day. They've been healthy and moving the whole time and the only time I'm cracking the lid of my incubator is to pour warm water in to keep humidity high.

    I've read about people who have perfectly healthy eggs but then they die right before they hatch and so I'm worried. Is this normal for them to be so still and quiet?

    Update: day 28. Still no pipping ):<
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015
  2. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    Mine are always quiet until they pip. Then they start being noisier
     
  3. prizepete

    prizepete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they chicken eggs? if so they are probably dead
     
  4. prizepete

    prizepete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    opps i just realized that this is in the duck area


    Disregard what i just said lol
     
  5. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's ok! Well it's the end of 28 and still nothing! I gently listened to one with a stethoscope and heard some light tapping but the eggs don't seem to be moving, none are pipping. How long can they take? I'm so invested in these eggs- they have to make it!
     
  6. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    I don't know about ducks, but I did have some chickens hatch 2 days late once. Also, if your temps were a little cool, your hatch could be delayed. Did you calibrate your thermometer?
     
  7. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're hearing tapping then they are probably ok. venymae is right, lower temps during incubation will slow them down and delay the hatch. What has your temperature and humidity been set at during incubation? Has the temp been consistent the whole time?

    I had one duckling hatch out on day 31 this past Spring. Very odd, but my hypothesis is her side of the incubator was cooler than the other side somehow. 28 days is just a ballpark figure, some hatch earlier and some later. What do you see when you candle? Do they take up the entire space inside the egg and just leave the air cell visible? Can you see any pushing on the air cell at the edges?
     
  8. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't candled but before lockdown I did, and they seemed full and I didn't see any pushin at the air cell then but I'm a noob and wouldn't have noticed. . I put them on lockdown on day 24 (counted the start date as one oops) and today is day 29 and several are tapping but none have pipped. My temperature seems to be right but it is still air so some could have been cooler than others. Also just figured out my hydrometer doesn't work at ALL. My windows have some condensation built up so I'm hoping it's ok but I really don't know. That's part of the reason I haven't candled! I don't know about my humidity!
     
  9. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, if there's condensation on the windows then the humidity should be high enough. And the fact you hear tapping is great, that means they're working. I would just give them some more time. Hopefully you'll see some external pips by tomorrow. :) Keep us posted, ok?
     
  10. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will! I hear occasional peeping now! I've been googling like crazy and I've seen so many things that can go wrong that I'm just freaking out! Ready for baby ducks. I tried to upload a pic but I don't know how from my phone. I'll try to figure it out so I can show them to yall when they hatch :D
     

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