Duck Egg External Pip Question (Pipped around 12 hours ago no progress)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by maccay2k, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. maccay2k

    maccay2k Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, i am totally new to this and the forum, I have 5 duck eggs (Campbell) now on day 28 (due date) 2 have pipped externally and I can hear some 'chatting' going on in the mornings, eggs are still rocking etc.
    The shot I posted is of the first one to make a dent in the shell - this was nearly 12 hours ago now, and no progress, still rocking about but still no major attempt to break through, should I be worried??? cause I kinda am! [​IMG]
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    Ducklings can and does take their sweet time when hatching, so don't worry. Yet. LOL I've had one take 4 days to hatch from external pip once. I give them (as a rough guide) 24 hours from internal to external pip, 24 hours from external pip to zipping and another 8 hours to zip and complete the hatch. So you are still in a good time frame [​IMG] Good luck with the hatch and keep us posted!
     
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    maccay2k Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome, thanks for the reassurance! Will keep you updated :)
     
  4. maccay2k

    maccay2k Out Of The Brooder

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    Patience was key in this one, Sweep finally hatched the following day at around 5pm! and has bags of personality ;) I successfully hatched 3 others and 1 never externally pipped 2 are still incubating and drying off and will be added to the brooder tonight :)


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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I was wondering what happened to you and the ducklings. That thing is adorable! [​IMG] Congratulations and enjoy!
     

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