I am completely new to hatching eggs and was just about to give up hope, but today there are pipps and I can actually hear chirping. I have call duck eggs being hatched by a hen. I realy was sure all had gone wrong as I thought the chicks were due last tuesday. I am so excited. I hope they are born soon although I know it could take up to 24 hours. I keep lifting the hen off to check progress I guess I should not do this but I am so afraid that the chicks or should I say ducklings will get squashed. Someone tell me to relax and leave nature to take its course please. Oh and wish me luck. Can anyone tell me if its OK to give the chicks pin head oats as a first feed? The feed shop only has massive bags of chick crumb.