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Duck eggs day 22 questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ren2014, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    I have 10 duck eggs (WH and Pekin/swedish/KC) on day 23 in the incubator. All 10 are active but 6 of them still have clear bottoms. (top being the air sack) And, I have 1 that is completely dark and looks like it could hatch any day. Is it normal to still have clear areas at this stage? Thank you.
     
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  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    No it is not normal. but you are a ways out. they NEED to absorb that clear liquid at the tips and maybe expect them to be a delayed hatch. I would not mist anymore for a bit if that is what you are doing. You def cannot dry hatch with duck eggs, but too muck water can be bad too. If you are seeing movement and veins you will probably be okay.
     
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  3. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Thank you so much. I have been misting so I will stop. I've seen good movement in all of them each time I've candled. I thought I heard a peep today but that's not possible this early is it??
     
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    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    seems early to peep.. When they start to pip, it may take a day for them to hatch fully. they are not in distress. and are infact resting and absorbing the yolk and learning to use their lungs.. They do say that something like 90% of pipped eggs will hatch on their own may take 24 hrs.and when they do zip it goes quick when they are ready.
     
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  5. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Today is day 23. Here is what the small end looks like.
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  6. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would assume they will hatch a bit late, so much liquid. I dry hatch chicken eggs and don't even have a hydrometer just add more water after first pip. Ducks need more water but i don't believe in spritzing.
     
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    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    you have a blue chicken in you avatar, what kind? it is lovely.
     
  8. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    They are Lavender Orpingtons. They were my only hatches from my first attempt at incubating eggs. My second attempt resulted in just 1 hatch. Now I'm trying duck eggs.

    Do you think I've created all of that moisture in the egg??
     
  9. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    yup.



    I have 4 LO. love all blue chickens!
     
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  10. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Is that a frizzle LO in your avatar?
     

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