Duck Won't Start Pipping!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MMS2134, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. MMS2134

    MMS2134 In the Brooder

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    Hello! I'm so worried. We have one egg left and it is still moving in the egg but is not pipping. Today at 5:30pm starts day 28. The humidity is staying consistent as well. The air sac is a good size. Help!
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    Ducking haven’t a time table just because it’s day 28 doesn’t mean a thing don’t intervene too soon or you may lose it. Can you candle so we can see where the air cell is. Has it dipped down on one side? Can you see any movement? What breed of duck?
     
  3. PaulX

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    If the other eggs pipped well before it and already hatched then I would be worried.

    If it's your only egg, then it could just be that you've had low temperature over the incubation. Has the air cell drawn down yet? (like tilted significantly) By not pipping do you mean no internal pip at all? or just no external pip?

    It could also be that the duckling is malpositioned and could pip, like, on the small end, so make sure to check carefully. Unfortunately I don't know how to assist in that case.

    I believe the OP is talking about duck eggs, not chick eggs, are you aware of that?
     
  4. MMS2134

    MMS2134 In the Brooder

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    It is a singular Ancona Egg. The other two did not make it very far. I will be able to upload a picture at 3. Last candling (yesterday) showed the air sac on the broad side of the egg. I've seen some movement but no internal Pipping.
     
  5. PaulX

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    If by 'broad side' you mean round end (opposite the pointy end), then that doesn't tell us anything.

    The air cell should look like this if the egg is close to pipping, drawn down on one 'side' (as opposed to end) of the egg. If it looks like this, do the lockdown and hope for the best. You can assist after internal pip, but err on the side of not helping if you're not sure.
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  6. 2 many chickens

    2 many chickens Songster

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    It's only day 28. They don't always magically hatch out or even pip on day 28. It could be tomorrow before it hatches or it could be the next day. These things take time. No rush here. Chill and wait.
     
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  7. clucking with my chicken

    clucking with my chicken Chirping

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    well yes I do know that they are duck eggs actually..
    if your going into a month then ill worry..
    the most important thing is
    humidaty is an important aspect of hatching duck eggs. Our incubator has two in built pans to add water to. We kept the water in one pan topped up during the whole incubation period and then, when the first egg pipped added warm water to both pans to raise the humidity. (Ducks getting back onto the nest wet from the pond has a similar effect in natural hatching!) Other people spray the eggs with water when they turn them (perhaps more necessary if you are having to open the incubator three times or so each day to turn manually). I read so much about humidity measuring, how to plot charts and graphs and create a wet thermometer etc that I nearly didn't try to hatch at all as it sounded so difficult. In the end, though, we just kept an eye on the development of the air pocket- which should occupy between a quarter and a third of the egg at the time of hatching- and followed the above suggestions for the water pans (from our incubator manual) and their air sacs seemed to develop well.

    Remember, however, to be sensible about where you locate the incubator. A room with a stable temperature and humidity is best i.e. not a kitchen or laundry room that will have extremes of either. I kept the central heating off in the room we used so that it didn't vary too much when heating went off at night and make the incubator work too hard. Excessive humidity can cause problems, as can lack of humidity but, from my experience, I would say don't be frightened by the technical jargon surrounding this aspect of the hatch. Of course, you need to bear in mind your climate and may need to research this further if you intend to hatch large numbers of birds.
     
  8. MMS2134

    MMS2134 In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the reassurance. I was having some panic as a first timer, and with the other 4 already lost I didn't want this one to be a gonner
     
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  9. 2 many chickens

    2 many chickens Songster

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    What are you even babbling about? This isn't a chick.
    She doesn't need to get a screwdriver and bash a hole in it.
     
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  10. clucking with my chicken

    clucking with my chicken Chirping

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    im sorry :idunno

    as im only a kid and love learning different animals and ornithology animal biology.
    I would love if you could be a little nicer:smack as we learn by our mistakes :highfive:
    will in an emergency you will need a screw driver and I did not mention bash a hole I said make a small air hole and that should help it break out.:ya
     

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