Hatching Help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SullivanChick, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. SullivanChick

    SullivanChick New Egg

    Sep 18, 2013
    Sullivan, Oh
    Hello All!

    We have 3 eggs that began to hatch, one of them broke thru but then quit. Sadly that little one did not make it the rest of the way and we found it not moving this morning.

    My question is, can we help them break thru the egg to prevent this again? I don't want to do anything wrong. They are Pekin Ducks and today is day 27 and they eggs are cracking. Is it okay for us to gently help chip away the shell?

    Thank you for any advice.

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I wouldn't help, what is your humidity in the bator very important that humidity is around 65-70% I think not sure because I don't hatch in bators I let my ducks do the work, but helping isn't good they need to be strong enough to break out on their own and from internal pip to external zip can take 24-36 hrs so try not to intervene. I know it's hard especially when you've already lost one. Hopefully someone with bator experience will be here to help. But I'd not help unless last resort.
    go to the stickys at top of page to the left there's a link to water fowl incubation I tried to copy paste but my computer wouldn't co op, they say 65-75% humidity at lock down.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2013

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