URGENT (hatching question)


In the Brooder
11 Years
Jun 23, 2008
This is my second year hatching.

I have 3 ducks eggs (not sure what) and they are on their 19th day (started in the afternoon around 5 on February 22nd), day 28 is not until the 22nd of March, next Sunday.

The temperature has changed a bit. It has been around between 100.9-102.0, for the most part I keep it at 101.5. But once the temperature spiked to 103 and another time to 104 but only for maybe 20-30 minutes.

I have cooled them and misted since day four.

I have a still air incubator.

The humidity thermometer is around 73%, not sure if it's right though because I don't even have the water rings filled or sponges in.

I turn them three times daily about six hour intervals. There have been a few days that I was only able to turn twice, once in morning, once at night.

Since yesterday I went to turn them and while they were cooling and misting I noticed that they were rocking back and forth. All three of them. Now it's not violent like hatching but another to visibly see. When I hold them in my hand I don't feel movement and I don't hear peeping. I have not candled because I'm scheduled to do so Friday. Should I candle? Is this normal? What should I do?

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11 Years
Jan 30, 2008
Beaufort, South Carolina
Try to candle, and see what you can see.

You never know, they could have been just resting. And being so far away from hatch, they should be fine

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