No progress in pipped duck eggs in 24 hours. Are they okay?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chics in the sun, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so worried. This is my first time hatching out eggs from my Rouen pair ( or any duck eggs). Two were pipped yesterday when I left for work. They were rocking a lot at that point. By the end of the day, they had all pipped, and the pips on the first one had gotten a little bigger. I though for sure I would have a couple of them out by this morning, but none of them have made any more progress overnight. Is that normal? Were they just sleeping and resting up for a big day of busting out today? I need some reassurance!
     
  2. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Totally normal, they can take a good 48 hours. Way slower than chickens are. I wouldn't worry until this time tomorrow.
     
  3. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for replying, I'm at work, trying to focus on a busy day instead of worrying about the babies getting out!
    What kind of duck is that in your picture? A Welsh Harlequin?
     
  4. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Overrun With Chickens

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    I just finished my first duckling hatch yesterday. All hatched on day 27. Eggs started rocking on day 20. They internally pipped on day 24. The first external pip was on day 25. Then it took 33 hours from first external pip to the first hatch. It seems to take forever after external pip to hatch because they have to finish absorbing their nutrients from yolk before emerging. Zipping process is really fast once it starts, though. It took 15 hours from the first hatch to complete for all 9 duckies. The only hitch that came up with my guys was one pipped on the pointy end instead of into air cell. Hubby had to help that one hatch as it could not turn to zip itself.

    Best of luck!!!
     
  5. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow! 33 hours? I'll just have to be patient! I'll check when I get home to see if they are all piping on the larger end. Today is day 28.
     
  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
     
  7. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No worries! [​IMG] Thanks for your help everyone!

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  8. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! Congrats! That's one of my Saxony drakes in my Avatar.
     
  9. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking forward to these babies so much!! [​IMG]

     

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