HELP!!!! Eggs not hatching

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Dfarago, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Dfarago

    Dfarago In the Brooder

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    My Muscovy duck has been sitting on her eggs for 37 days now and the eggs still haven’t hatched. No piping, nothing. I candled six eggs and I can see movement inside the eggs, everything devolved how it’s supposed to (or at least in comparison to pics on the internet). Is there something wrong? Am I supposed to intervene at this point? And if so what am I supposed to do?
     
  2. QuailExpert

    QuailExpert Chirping

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    according to my research the incubation period is 35 days average, certain factors can throw this off and the babies still could hatch especially if there is movement. When we raised quail i still had chicks hatching four to five days after that period. I set my incubation limit to a week/ week and a half extra time just in case. after that i would call it quits with the eggs. It is bad to intervene in cases where chicks havent hatched yet due to possible underdevelopment. Give them a few more days, the discard after a week or so. I hope they hatch for you !
     
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  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Crowing

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    Muscovy ducks are top-notch broodies - I'd trust mama duck to hatch her babies when they're ready.

    Hope you see ducklings soon!
     
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  5. 2 many chickens

    2 many chickens Songster

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    No, do not interfere.
    They aren't even internally pipped yet.. you cant just go cracking the eggs open, they would likely bleed to death/not absorbed yolk, etc
     
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  6. Dfarago

    Dfarago In the Brooder

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    Thank you. That makes me feel a lot better
     
  7. Dfarago

    Dfarago In the Brooder

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    so if after another week the ducklings still haven’t hatched does this mean the whole clutch is a bust? Is there anything I can do? Or do I just throw away the eggs?
     
  8. QuailExpert

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    Continue to candle the eggs and keep an eye out for any movement. After a week chances are high that they are a bust. There isn't anything you can do for them these things just happen sometimes.
     
  9. Dfarago

    Dfarago In the Brooder

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    So an update on the eggs. It’s been a week since I projected the eggs hatching, they still haven’t hatched but mamma is faithfully sitting. I went out and candled all of the eggs. All 31 to be exact. 15 were definite duds. Three I was unsure. 13 had movement. So I put the eggs back that had movement and threw away the duds, left the three maybes with her. Anything I should be doing at this point? Or just let nature do it’s thing?
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "Be Strong in the Lord"

    Just wait it out. If you see movement then hopefully they will hatch. Maybe you were off on you counting?
     

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