The first duckling hatches

I mentioned that we were incubating some duck eggs for a friend at the allotments. Duck eggs take a whole four weeks to hatch, and the exact due date is 6pm tomorrow evening.

The first one has arrived a day early.

We noticed that one of the eggs had “pipped” this morning. By afternoon, there were two more. Here’s the egg that has hatched first.

It took him a while, but gradually the chick chipped his way round the shell. Eventually his bill emerged, and we could hear him cheeping.

Getting out of the shell was a struggle. He’d push, and the crack in the shell would open out, but the membranes kept pulling it shut again. But finally he made it.


It looks as though we’ll get another one later this evening. The first one is resting and gradually drying out. To be continued with pictures of cute fluffy ducklings tomorrow …

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s