How long do ducks take to hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Islandmom511, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Islandmom511

    Islandmom511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine pipped as of last night at 7 and I heard chirping and 1 even pipped a few more times. As of 9 oclock last night I haven't heard any chirping and it hasn't made any more progress. Isn't 12 hours a long time for nothing to happen? Or do they take long breaks like that? I talk to them, but no response. Did they not make it?
     
  2. Peterh005

    Peterh005 Out Of The Brooder

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    They take 28 days
     
  3. Islandmom511

    Islandmom511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know that silly...if you read my post im asking about hatching, not incubating.
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    It can be hours (36-48) from when they begin the hatchingprocess to when they are fully out. They take much longer than chickens.
     
  5. Islandmom511

    Islandmom511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So 12 hours with no pips chirping or movement is normal with ducks?
     
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, this is totally normal. I just recently hatched ducklings for the first time and if I hadn't read on this forum that they can take ages, I'd have been really worried, as mine pipped then did nothing at all for another 36 hours. Like, ABSOLUTELY nothing - no rocking, no peeping, no pecking at the pip hole. It was really boring!
     
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Yep, ducklings rest a long time between stages. If you have NO external pips you can candle a couple to make sure they are doing ok, but do not do this if even one egg has pipped externally already it could cause the membrane to wrap onto the duckling. Maintain humidity (70% is a good number) and temp, and sit on your hands and wait. [​IMG]

    Shellie
     
  8. Islandmom511

    Islandmom511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Okay thanks! That is ecactly how mine are...went from peeping and rocking and tapping to nothing. Ive been talking to them and my husband thinks im nuts. Glad im at work today so i can ignore them! Il keep you all posted!
     
  9. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I did with mine - I just ignored them. Luckily I'd been hatching for a while and so it wasn't quite as OMG!!! as it was with my first few hatches, so once I saw a pip I noted down which egg, and the time & date, then just left them all to get on with it. I had a quick look in every few hours, but apart from that, I didn't just keep the bator shut, I kept the door to the room shut as well!
     
  10. Islandmom511

    Islandmom511 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! I just got home from work and 1 has pipped a few more times! I also heard it chirping and saw it rocking. The other egg hasn't made any more progress from about 8 o'clock last night. Not giving up hope just yet! Hopefully they're here soon so I can have tons of time with them and my daughter over the weekend [​IMG]
     

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