First time incubator hatch, ducklings due today

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Junie, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. Junie

    Junie Hatching

    Oct 12, 2014
    Hi everyone,

    I have to say thank you to everyone for all the great information that I have gathered using this site. but still more questions.
    I have moscovy duck eggs hatching in my incubator, one little guy has pipped externally but that was 24 hours ago and I have opened the pip site so that he can breath today. He seems really cramped in there. I am so tempted to try and help him but I dont want to harm him (or her). Should I just back off and keep watching? I have about 40 eggs (ducks) due to hatch in the next few days and about 10 chicken eggs. I know, I know I am crazy but just love these little guys.

    I had about 24 eggs sitting under my mummy duck about 12 weeks ago and when they where hatching she was tramping all over them and killed a few, so I took 9 of the eggs that where left and luckily 7 of my eggs are now 10 week old darling duckies.
    Anyway any info on how long these little guys can go in inside the shell would be appreciated.

    The incubator is running at 37.5 degrees and 59 humidity.

    Thank you all again
  2. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

    Aug 19, 2014
    Not crazy awesome

    Ok it has been 24 hours that means you can help

    Gently with your finger make the hole bigger

    Is it near his beak or did you just make a hole

    If it is near his beak try to make it as big as his head

    Then just keep making the hole bigger
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Can you bump up the humidity in the incubator a little bit? I like to hatch at around 65%, but if you can get it up to 70+ that would be good too. It's just to stop them drying out too much and get stuck in the egg. If your little duckling pipped externally 24 hours ago it should start progressing soon, but if it's stuck, you may need to help it zip the shell. A fellow member put together a fantastic article with pics that explains the assisting process way better than I can, so have a look here: If needed, it will tell you what to do. Best of luck!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013

    Hope the suggestions you already have help.

    So glad you joined us.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sumi X2 you need to up that humidity to 65% or 70%. The higher humidity keeps them from sticking to the shell when they pip and it also helps to soften the shell and inner membrane so they can zip out.

    When they do pip, (break thru the shell to breath) they can sit like this for 24+ hours before zipping out of the egg. So don't panic and think you need to bust them out for at least a couple days. They are busy absorbing the last the yolk and detaching from the shell at this time.

    Definitely stop by our ducks section too for more help with your ducklings. Good luck with the hatch and keep us posted!
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sumi and Two Crows have given you great advice!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sending good hatching vibes your way - we would love to get updates after they hatch.
  9. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I hope the hatch goes well!

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