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Questions about hatching ducks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tf1104, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. tf1104

    tf1104 New Egg

    Dec 16, 2014
    So this is the first time I have hatched out ducks and I have a few questions. I am hatching our Rouen ducks and yesterday would have been day 28. Many of the eggs have pipped yesterday but this morning there has been no more improvement. They have been moving a bit and peeping but none have tried to make their big debut. I was wondering if I needed to take action and help them out or if I should still let them go at it on their own. Please let me know. I had no idea how stressful this hatching ordeal would be. Thanks!!!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have never hatched ducks before but I have hatched other fowl and I can tell you that once they pip, they can sit there for 24+ hours as they are absorbing the last of the egg yolk and detaching from the inside of the egg. You should have your humidity way up and do NOT open the lid of the incubator as you can cause them to dry up and stick to the inside of the shells and die.

    Stop by our ducks section for more help with this hatch....https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Good luck with this hatch and I hope you get lots of ducklings soon!!!
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Great advice there from TwoCrows. Hatching can't be rushed they need to do it themselves. Ducks can be two or three days before they hatch they seem to take a little longer than chickens. My best advice to you would be as TwoCrows keep that humidity up. Way up!!

    Hope you have some new ducklings soon, wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with the hatch!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sending good hatching vibes your way [​IMG]
  6. tf1104

    tf1104 New Egg

    Dec 16, 2014
    Not much has happened at all. The first picture just shows the pipped eggs. The second shows an odd spot that developed on the egg. [​IMG][/IMG]
  7. tf1104

    tf1104 New Egg

    Dec 16, 2014
    Sorry the picture of the pipped eggs did not attach... [​IMG]
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Good luck with the hatch!
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. Definitely post on our duck link that TwoCrows left you with and take advantage of our duck experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your hatch.

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