HELP! Ducklings hatching!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by angi1207, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. angi1207

    angi1207 In the Brooder

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    This is my first time hatching anything. I have bought chicks before but they were about 2 days old. How long should it take for the duck to come out of the shell once it creates a hole in the shell? 1 duckling is out when will it uncurl it's feet and stand up? Any advice is greatly appreciated. 3 more eggs now have a hole and 3 eggs are moving around..

    Thanks
    Angi
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

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    That's a fantastic sign that the eggs are moving around. When they make that hole in the shell it is called a "pip".
    I am no expert, especially in ducks, but I have hatched chicks before.
    It can take a chick up to 24 hours from pipping to hatching, I've had some take less than an hour, while others take much longer. I'd imagine ducks are much similar.

    Hopefully somebody with more waterfowl experience will chime in.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Ducks take a lot longer than chicks so don't panic sometimes from internal pip to external zip can be 24-36 hrs. give the lil one time to rest and fluff up then you should notice it trying to move around more. And if you have some kind of poultry vitamin you can put some into their water when they begin to drink. some good reading
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711
     
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  4. angi1207

    angi1207 In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much Sunny & Miss Lydia! I am so nervous about all of this.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Best thing to do is take a deep breathe and try to relax.. Right? lol If one has already hatched with out problems then you have a great chance they all will, just keep the bator closed so humidity doesn't drop or ducklings could become shrink wrapped. Look forward to seeing pics of the lil ones so keep us updated.. and [​IMG]

    p.s. there is duck thread here on BYC too. [​IMG]
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Waiting for updates [​IMG]
     
  7. angi1207

    angi1207 In the Brooder

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    I have 2 ducklings out and dry and doing great! I have 3 that are out but still attached to the veiny yolk sac thing I am very worried about them they should not have hatched yet. Not sure what to do! One hatched very early and has a large umbilical and sac...
     
  8. angi1207

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    P.S. Will try to get pics up soon but my computer is having problems and browser keeps shutting down when I try to upload anything...
     
  9. Chickenwolf

    Chickenwolf Chirping

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    I hope the ducklings do okay

    Especially the one that hatched prematurely

    Crossing my fingers
     
  10. angi1207

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    I moved him from the incubator to the brooder box he was getting cold to the touch and shivering. He is still attached to the egg. I did not detach him I put him in egg and all.
     

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