Its been more than 12 hours ~UPDATE~ I'm a Dad!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by austin12895, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. austin12895

    austin12895 Songster

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    I Had two duck eggs pip more than 12 hours ago. Should I help, Or should i wait till the morning? Please Help!
     
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  2. MariposaMama

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    I don't have an answer for you, I'm in the same boat. Had three chickens eggs pip this morning and nothing's happened since then. I've read it takes a lot of work to break out of the shell and they take lots of rest breaks in between trying. That's probably what's happening to both of us. [​IMG]

    Good luck with your hatch. [​IMG]
     
  3. austin12895

    austin12895 Songster

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    O gosh! I'm so scarred! [​IMG] Are you going to help? if so...when?
     
  4. mamanaturale

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    personally what i would do, and what i wished i had done with my last hatch is poke a small hole in the aircell end of the pipped eggs. i had one pip and then suffocate from not progressing last time and i was heart broken. the only thing is.... don't keep helping! i helped too much this time (i was really anxious after last time) and i ended up helping too much. now i have a baby duck out with his yolk not fully absorbed. he looks like he will make it, but its pretty darn iffy. its a hard hard lesson i wish i hadn't learned the hard way... [​IMG] good luck! and keep us updated!
     
  5. quiltnchik

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    DO NOT HELP! I know it's hard, but if you help you could end up killing the ducklings/chicks. Do a search on here and I'm sure you'll find all kinds of horror stories from people that have "helped" and ended up killing the hatchlings. Hang in there and be patient [​IMG]
     
  6. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    Quote:Yep, just take a tiny peice of shell off where the pip is to make sure it gets air while still in the egg. Not too much for it can dry the inner layer to the chicks feathering. just enough so you can see the beak.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It can take 24+ hours from the time they pip till they hatch.
     
  8. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
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    How are you going to remove a piece of the shell without opening the incubator? If you open the 'bator, the membranes will dry out from being hit by dry air, and the baby will die anyway...
     
  9. Redsquirrel

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    Some of mine took longer than 12 hrs to hatch after the first peep. It's hard but letting nature take it's course is usually the best way.
     
  10. TimG

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    Quote:It's been raining here for two days straight -- the humidity is higher outside the incubator than inside the incubator...

    I have been surprised by the speed with which my current batch is hatching. Some pip and sit for 12 hours. Then in what seems like minutes (but is probably an hour or more) they zip all the way around and emerge. Some pip and hatch in a hurry, too. I haven't noticed any that get halfway round and they wait.

    Anyway, the short answer is do your best to let nature take its course.
     
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