I made an incubator out of an old freezer and bought some fertile eggs--6 chicken and 6 duck. I candled them a while back and it looked like 3 of each were developing. Last weekend the chicks hatched and have been hopping around peeping and growing all week. This weekend I was looking forward to the same happening with the ducks, but so far I have been disappointed. One pipped on Friday but died (I can see his bill sticking out the one little hole he made.) Another started pipping around the same time and this morning I peeked in to see that he had made cracks almost all the way around the egg but that he is dead, too. There is one who has just started pipping and I can still hear activity in there but the egg is just barely cracked. Does anyone here know if ducks just have a harder time hatching than chicks...or if there was something I could have done differently? The conditions in the incubator have been reasonably stable for a homemade job, but there has definitely been fluctuations in the temperature. But why would they develop beautifully and then die hatching? And what I really want to know...is there anything I can do to help the guy still struggling? Thanks!!!