Hovering over eggs


11 Years
Mar 14, 2009
Springfield, OR
I know this has been asked a bazillion times, but how long should it take ducklings to pip through the outer shell once they've opened the inner membrane? It's been a couple of days since I noticed shadows in the air sac on candling and locked down the incubator, and I haven't seen any indication that they're starting to hatch yet. I know they were progressing as of yesterday because I checked two of them and heard them munching, but with all my recent reading about shrink-wrapped and drowned birds I'm getting nervous. I really expected to see some sign of pipping or movement of the eggs this morning, and there's still nothing visual happening at all, though we hear occasional faint chirping. I don't have a hatch date because these eggs were given to me partially incubated by a duck whose then-owner didn't even realize she had been setting on them. This is my first time trying to hatch ANYTHING artificially, and I coincidentally already had chicken eggs in the bator due the 13th. I figured they were all due to hatch within days of each other, but now I'm thinking the chicks may beat the ducklings out after all.

Is there a time frame I should be aware of when the situation starts to enter the danger zone? If I could see even one little pip I would be so encouraged and relieved!


10 Years
Jan 11, 2010
I ususlly find mine take around 24 hours from internal pip until I first see cracks in the shell...But sometimes it can be as long as 48 hours- And another 24 hours beofre they hatch. I often continue misting my eggs once in lockdown if I think they are very dry or possibly shrinkwrapped.

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