How long should they take???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HorseMadWhovian, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should Ducklings take to actually get out of the egg, from the moment they start pecking to when they are fully out?
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  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    it could take up to 24 hrs- just be patient. if they poked a hole they can breathe they are fine
     
  3. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its been almost 30 hours since they started pecking and none have a hole yet, I candled them because they weren't making any noise this morning and four have their bills in the air space, two don't but they look fully developed, are they alive?
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  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would let them be - you didn't say what day this is day 28? it goes like this-

    you see them rocking- it could be one more day til they get in the air cell-

    they are in the air cell? it could be one more day until they peck a hole.

    They pecked a hole? it could be one more day til they fully hatch.

    It may be sooner than that but each milestone takes a while. - once they peck an outer hole, they can breathe leave them to hatch fully- when they get bored in the egg they will finish up.
     
  5. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 28 was yesterday, thank you, I've hatched chickens before and they're much quicker so I thought I'd done something wrong this time.
     
  6. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't be worried, just keep that humidity up and sit on your hands. Ducks not only take longer to cook, but they are a lot slower in hatching compared to a chicken. They will be just fine. :)
     
  7. gimmie birdies

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    and they do need a bit more humidity than chickens.
     
  8. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a device to tell me what humidity, I want one though. I've filled both pots full way and sprayed warm water around, is that enough?
     
  9. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything I should do? They were meant to hatch yesterday, started pecking on Friday. Sorry I'm really paranoid, when should I start to worry/ do something to help?
     
  10. gimmie birdies

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    I would avoid spraying anything- not a fan of spray. sometimes chicks are delayed. I had some that hatched on day 23.
     

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