How long to wait?

Muscovy Wunda

Free Ranging
Nov 5, 2018
Central West NSW Australia
So I have this duck, who has been graciously sitting on 4 of my hens eggs for me for the past month. On Saturday we had our first hatch at 22days. Now the first 3 eggs were placed under her daily, so I was expecting them to hatch one after the other. The fourth egg was added afew days later and will be 21days tomorrow (Thursday). I candled and floated 2 if the 3 eggs yesterday, and one is truley alive but I believe its the later one. The other looked viable in the float test but I had no movement in candling. So my question is, how long between hatches is normal? When do I say time of death and remove the eggs? She is a fabulous mother to the single chick and I feel deverstated for her because it seems like even shes worried they aren't hatching.


In the Brooder
Nov 6, 2018
I would wait on calling it . Some eggs can be late hatchers! Especially if temps and humidity levels fluctuate slightly.


" For my yoke is easy and my burden is light "
Feb 11, 2018
Middle Tennessee
I have an egg I put in incubator on the 10th of last month I’m on like day 26 and it’s alive and about to hatch
After day 0 there are 21 full days of development before hatch usually
So that’s 22 full 24 hours periods before hatch day
So basically day 23 is hatch day you should wait good luck

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