Help? Day 29 Waiting for hatch signs on 8 Pekin duck eggs

dntkriner

In the Brooder
Jun 5, 2017
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I have been reading this website for days! What a great place to be able to come get help and encouragement from people that have seen it, lived it and can tell about it!
There is a ton of info here to digest and I'm doing all that I can to make sure we have a successful hatch, but I'm worried I've made a few too many mistakes and they will die in their shells. My temps during the incubation time were set at 99 and humidity average has been around 58%. This is a homemade incubator with a fan. At lockdown, I turned the temp setting down to 98 and increased the humidity, trying to get it to reach 80%, with no avail, and cut the fan off because it had no cover and the ducklings could get hurt if they hit it. I finally quit messing with it and left the humidity as high as I could get it (average 74%). It has been a struggle to keep the humidity up and I have had to open the door to add paper towel wicks and cloth to boost it back up. In the process the eggs have been misted as well. (After reading a ton yesterday, I see that was probably not a good idea now.) I did candle them before lockdown and all looked great and were alive. We had 6 wiggling eggs two days ago and yesterday expected to see something, pips, but nothing. Should I do anything? I am so afraid they are going to die in their shells. (We lost 3 in the shell, perfectly formed our first time trying incubation.) Will the misting cause them harm? Should I gently candle them to check on them? Help, please.
 

EmilyP

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Elberton, Georgia
I have been reading this website for days! What a great place to be able to come get help and encouragement from people that have seen it, lived it and can tell about it!
There is a ton of info here to digest and I'm doing all that I can to make sure we have a successful hatch, but I'm worried I've made a few too many mistakes and they will die in their shells. My temps during the incubation time were set at 99 and humidity average has been around 58%. This is a homemade incubator with a fan. At lockdown, I turned the temp setting down to 98 and increased the humidity, trying to get it to reach 80%, with no avail, and cut the fan off because it had no cover and the ducklings could get hurt if they hit it. I finally quit messing with it and left the humidity as high as I could get it (average 74%). It has been a struggle to keep the humidity up and I have had to open the door to add paper towel wicks and cloth to boost it back up. In the process the eggs have been misted as well. (After reading a ton yesterday, I see that was probably not a good idea now.) I did candle them before lockdown and all looked great and were alive. We had 6 wiggling eggs two days ago and yesterday expected to see something, pips, but nothing. Should I do anything? I am so afraid they are going to die in their shells. (We lost 3 in the shell, perfectly formed our first time trying incubation.) Will the misting cause them harm? Should I gently candle them to check on them? Help, please.

I've never incubated but mine take 30-32 days to hatch. They will take their time even after they internally pip. Give them a little more time :) And Welcome to BYC! :welcome
 

dntkriner

In the Brooder
Jun 5, 2017
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Thank you! I do have one pip on one egg, so I'm going to be patient. I do wonder if I need to keep wetting the rag I have in there and keep the humidity above 70%. I am not planning on misting anymore since I learned from other threads that it is not a good idea after lockdown,
 

dntkriner

In the Brooder
Jun 5, 2017
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Still waiting....There is a ton of peeping coming from the first pipped egg and another egg has externally pipped now. I'm going to try to post a video I took a few days before lockdown during candling. It's a pretty amazing sight, if you ask me.
 

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