Ducks pipped at 22 days

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sgt_dane, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. sgt_dane

    sgt_dane Chirping

    May 16, 2010
    I have some flying mallard type ducks and theyre 22 days along now. Theres a bit of excitement going on in there, got pheasants, chukar and a quail hatching and running all over the place.. Do you think this excited the ducks enough to pip early? Either way theyll either come out or they wont.. just wondering if it would be ok if i helped just in case they get stuck in their shells.. or is it too early at 22 days??
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    22 days is way to early..I never help any ducklings hatching unless they are late. At 22 days they wont have absorbed the blood or yolk yet- any help and you risk rupturing a vein and the little one will bleed to death. Any chance you got the dates wrong and they are a little further ahead??
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Way early. I bet the heat was to high in the incubator. Ducks need 24-48 hours to hatch after pipping externally.
  4. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    I would leave them to their own I have had them pip and hatch 8 days later
    Cant explain why but has happened
    Note on this I also just had a batch hatch at day 34 they pipped and were moving in the egg the whole time
    And know for positive my dates werent wrong
    So I would just watch and see

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