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Hatching buff orpington ducks - need a little advice

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JoelleNZ, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. JoelleNZ

    JoelleNZ In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2013
    New Zealand

    Wondering if you could help I am hatching 12 buff orpington ducks and I have:

    1 duckling that has hatched early (day 25) and is doing great
    1 that's got its beak sticking out and is about 3/4 of the way round,
    1 that's not started to zip but was the 1st to pip
    2 have started to zip and stopped
    1 externally pipped (wrong end) not yet 12hrs
    6 that have done nothing

    How would you deal with a mixed bag of hatching stages?

    Do I take out the duckling after 24hrs and help the ones that are still alive? I'm just worried if I open the incubator after 24hrs that it will cause shrink wrap.

    Any advice would be great.

  2. enriquec

    enriquec Chirping

    Aug 20, 2014
    North Florida
  3. JoelleNZ

    JoelleNZ In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    Thanks for the links I'll have a look at them now.

    1st one hatched 14hrs ago
    the one with the beak sticking out has now zipped and is ready to pop out
    still only 4 others that have EP'd but doesn't seem to be anything hapening

    Nice to have some spring babies ;)

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