Khaki Campbells not pipping, HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LissyB

Chirping
7 Years
A month or so ago my khaki campbells were killed overnight, October 1st. My duck, Captain was sitting on 18 eggs. 11 were eaten, and the other 7 we put in our homemade incubator. We only have 2 left, don't know if I'm doing anything wrong. This is day 26 and I don't hear any peeping or tapping like I've read that they do about this time. The inside of the bator smells, so I think one of them is dead, but I candled the bad smelling one and he still has veins so I haven't thrown him out yet. The other I can see a little movement in. I don't know what to do as this is my first time incubating eggs.
 

DuckCommander

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 24, 2012
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It is possibly that their growing stopped and they died if the eggs got too cold. Hopefully thats not the case! In my very limited experience with incubating eggs I have found that the time frame are not necessarily always correct. I had one batch of chicks in the incubator and the power had went off and the incubator cooled off a bit, the eggs did hatch but they were a few days late. I didn't hear pipping until the day they started to hatch. Hopefully this helps! Good luck!!
 

LissyB

Chirping
7 Years
Thanks! The power went out for about an hour last week, the temperature dropped to about 60 degrees (F) so we put the bator in the sun-room, when the power came back on we just plugged it in up there and the temperature spiked to 110! I think this is how the one died :( They are back down-stairs though so no more of that!
 

DuckCommander

Chirping
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Oct 24, 2012
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I have only incubated three times this past year and I really suck at it so I know I'm not the best one for advice! I know drastic changes in temperatures are pretty bad though. So don't be too disappointed if it doesn't work out, from my experience it isn't as easy as it looks!
 

Kleonaptra

Songster
7 Years
Oct 3, 2012
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Ive found eggs take a bit longer in an incubator, especially home made ones. Mine went at least a week over. My first time incubating I did everything wrong, no humidity or turning eggs and I still got one, that was my lovely drake. My second time I did everything right and still only got one, so you can never be sure.

Dont give up if you see blood vessels, especially movement! In the clutch I got Piper out of I was candling every few days and I always saw one chick move, that ended up being my little Piper. Up the humidity, stop turning, and pray!

BTW, dont feel bad or crazy if you sit and stare at them for a few hours a day, listening intently. We've all done it!
 
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