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Shouldn't something be happening by now?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by naturemom, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today is day 28 for my Welsh Harlequin duck eggs. They've wiggled once in a while over the past 2 days, but not today (as far as I have seen) and no pips so far. I read that it's normal for some to pip as early as 48 hours before the hatch date, so now that today is supposed to be hatching day I an getting really worried that they are dead [​IMG]
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I've never hatch out ducks but hear they can take from 25 to 32 days for some...your temps and humidity may have played a factor in being too low...so don't give up hope...
     
  3. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it's evening of day 28 and still no pips, but one of them just moved, so there is still hope!
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Fingers crossed for you!.........
     
  5. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

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    I hope they hatch! They have a beautiful name-would love to see fluffy pics!
     
  6. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I think I've figured out the problem. I started out with 2 alcohol thermometers-the one that came with the incubator, and another one with a hygrometer on it. They were reading vastly different temps, so I decided to go with the one that came with the bator because the people I borrowed it from had 2 successful hatches with it. It was reading higher than the other one.
    Well, just now dh gave me a digital thermometer from his darkroom equipment that he says is accurate. I lowered the probe through one of the vent holes and it is reading just under 100 degrees-too low for a still air. So maybe they'll hatch late. I hope.
    Should I raise them temp a bit now, or leave it?
     

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