When to help?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NEHorse, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. NEHorse

    NEHorse Chirping

    Jun 27, 2012
    My ducks are on the way out of their eggs. The first one came a bit early and was developmentally behind but I am pleased to say today is day three and the baby does better every day! The other 4 have been in hatching process for about 36 hours and still not out. They have large enough holes to breath but there has been no progress since last night. All are moving still.

    Just wondering when I should help open the shells up?
  2. madamiec

    madamiec Chirping

    May 4, 2013
    Roann, Indiana
    Wait! It can take 3 days to get out of duck shells. Keep watching the wiggles and picking. If you chip at the pipped area and see blood it's too early.
  3. Lyss

    Lyss In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2015
    Australia, NSW
    Agreed ducks take a while to hatch. You don't want to rush it, they need to absorb the blood and egg yolk. If they're still peeping and are active relax, it takes time.

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