I have white crested duck eggs. The hatchery told me they would hatch in 28 days, give or take. 1) The first one started hatching at 29 days but cracked the egg at the back of the neck. It subsequently died. 2) The second one broke through the shell at 33 days and progessed for awhile but then seemed to be having trouble. Feeling bad about the first one that we didn't help, we decided to help the second. So we broke some of the shell around the opening, leaving the membrane intact. He hatched completely during the night, and he's (or she's) such a blessing. We named him Peepers. 3) Next, a third one broke through the shell on day 34. We read that we shouldn't help and just let nature take it's course. So it only poked through the shell but did progress at all. We didn't help and it died. 4) There is one that had a piece of shell break off, but not at it's beak. Don't know where but we could only see feathers. It moved a little for awhile but then died (we think - haven't opened the shell yet). 5) There are four more eggs that haven't hatched yet. It's now day 36. Should we give up? I know some ducks take longer, but I thought white crested were the 28 day-ers. Of course, none of ours started hatching at 28 days. Any ideas? Is it over? Should we wait longer? We sure would love for Peepers to have another duckie friend. He's such a joy, only two days old. We're wondering if we should open the shells of the rest of them this weekend or wait longer. None of them smell yet but they've got to be just too big for their shells now. We don't know what to do. We're also wondering what went wrong? If one hatched all right why would ALL of the others not?