1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Muscovy eggs are on day 30 and I have no idea what to do. Help please

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by K4zn4v3, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. K4zn4v3

    K4zn4v3 Chirping

    Oct 16, 2010
    Right now my muscovy eggs are on day 30 and the duckling are going crazy squirming around. They have not broken into the air cell yet but they are pushing against the membraine. Since these eggs are only on day 30 is it a possiblity that they are going to hatch a couple days early. How long after internally pipping will they externally pip? When do I stop turing the eggs and go into lock down. Do i need to change the temperature or humidity at any point from now untill hatch. This is my first time doing this so i have a lot of questions and I have no idea what im doing at this point. Any help is greatly apreciated. I have spent hours looking on google for this information with no succsess.

  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I think Muscovys should normally hatch on day 35, which would mean you'd want to go into lockdown on day 32. I've never hatched Muscovys before, but I have hatched other kinds of ducks. I noticed with them that I could see the ducklings wriggling around quite strongly like you describe well before they pipped internally. So yours may be on track to hatch out early, or they may not. If I were you I think I'd candle once a day and if anyone breaks through the membrane in the next two days put them into lockdown straight away. If the membrane stays intact just put them into lockdown on day 32 as you would do anyway. I'm not sure if you know, but when you stop turning them and go into lockdown, you need to raise your humidity up really high. With duck eggs, ideally about 80%.

    A word of warning with ducklings: They take a LONG time to hatch. Like, seriously ages. Compared with chickens it's almost unbelievable how slow they are. Once they pip the shell they could easily just sit there doing nothing for another 36 or even 48 hours. So don't worry about them being stuck and DON'T rush in there to try and 'help' them hatch. As long as you've got your lockdown humidity up round about 80% they should be able to hatch fine on their own.

    How many eggs have you got?
  3. nicolesloan17

    nicolesloan17 In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2017
    Lymburn Ab, Canada
    My Coop
    This was extremely helpful! Thank you!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by