Hands on hatching and help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I have some hatch 10-12 hours after pip some almost 24 hours. I, personally wait until 18 hours and then I widen the pip hole enough to "check" them. If they appear to still be doing well I put them back and give them till around 24 before starting an assist. I am curious too as to how drawn out the hatch will be after all that. I'd be going crazy.
     
  2. zmcolbert

    zmcolbert Out Of The Brooder

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    One of the last to pip was the first out! [​IMG]
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I noticed in my last hatch, and I want to observe this further, that the earlier my chicks pipped it seemed the longer it took to go from pip to zip, but the chicks that pipped closer to the "official" hatch time of day 21, actually pipped and zipped w/in 10 hours.
     
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  4. hrae

    hrae New Egg

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    One of my Pekin duck eggs pipped without making an actual hole before 7 am yesterday (Wednesday)-- no more cracking or hole pipping but it's quacking! Another duck pipped at 12:30 pm yesterday, and had a bit of a hole by 3:00 a.m today (Thursday). I did make a tiny hole in the first one's pipped area and it was very happy and quacked at me. How long do I wait before trying to give them larger holes? I am especially worried about the first one since it seems to be very active inside the egg but isn't doing any egg cracking.
     
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  5. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since you've made a safe hole, give it time. Even in a good hatch, I've had ducks go 36+ hrs before an external pip. Keep your humidity up. Them peeping at each other also stimulates them.
     
  6. hrae

    hrae New Egg

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    Thank you! I don't want to just leave it in there peeping if it needs help. If there had been any changes at all I wouldn't be so worried. It's just sitting in there and peeping.
     
  7. hrae

    hrae New Egg

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    I just needed to wait a bit longer! At 9:00 pm there were several new holes- and baby popped out by 10:00! Yay!
     
  8. zmcolbert

    zmcolbert Out Of The Brooder

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    4 out of 8 have hatched so far. The first one that piped died, but I'm hoping the other 3 make it. I've been helping along the one that piped on the wrong end a little at a time. 2 of these came from my flock of Silver Appleyard mixes and 6 came from a friend that has a Pekin Drake and a Silver Appleyard hen. Any idea if you can tell gender by color?[​IMG]
     
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  9. jlashaw

    jlashaw Out Of The Brooder

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    That's great news! I only hatch chickens so I can't help you as far as sexing your ducks.
     
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  10. zmcolbert

    zmcolbert Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! It's going to be a long night for 2 that needed assistance. Hopefully we pull through!
     

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