Worried about hatch

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hubiesbirdies, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Hubiesbirdies

    Hubiesbirdies Hatching

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    This is the first time I have incubated duck eggs. Yesterday was day 28 and they all started pipping. However it has been 24 hours and they have not started to “zip”, so I am starting to get nervous.

    When I put my ear up to the incubator I can hear little peeps and I can see and hear the duckies attempting to chip away at the shell, but don’t seem to be making much progress. The temperature has been pretty constant (98-99). I don’t have a wet bulb thermometer which I realize is rookie move, however I have kept the water reserve in the bottom of the incubator full and the the little windows have fogged up.

    Is this kind of slow hatching process normal or should I be worried???
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    That's pretty normal, ducks are slow hatchers :) I wouldn't worry until it's been about 36 hours since they pipped and you're not seeing progress. Sometimes they take even longer, maybe even up to 48 hours.

    It also sounds like your temperature is a little low, which is probably also contributing to the slightly late hatch.
     
  3. Hubiesbirdies

    Hubiesbirdies Hatching

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    Thank you! I had one hatch last night night which is very exciting and it also looks like the others have started to “zip’’! Hopefully we will have a few more pop out soon
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Congrats!!! and :welcome
     

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