Originally Posted by cajuntc74
I could use some advice. My duck egg is on day 28 and there is no sign at all that it is trying to hatch. I candled it quickly this morning and there was SLIGHT movement in there. Hardly any at all but just a flick or two. I looked in the air sac and there is just one tiny part right on the edge where they MAY be some slight internal pipping going on but no obvious beak or anything in the sac. There are no humps on the egg..it is not wobbling around like it was 2 days ago. I did notice that there is a dime size gray spot on the pointed end of the egg.. that is worrisome to me. Is that a blood mark from inside the egg? Is my little duckling in any danger ya think? The new incubator is keeping the temp at 99.5 and the humidity level is about 69%...am I being impatient?
I have all the other eggs in the 2nd incubator ... it came from Ebay and the temp and humidity are about the same in that one. However, we had to use other tools to verify the setting in that one because the digital readings on the incubator are all out of whack. It says on the incubator that the humidity in that one is 92% but there is less water in that one than the other one. I used the humidity thingy from my husbands cigar humidor and it says it is 65% and it reads exactly correct in the other incubator...I also used 2 other digital thermometers in both incubators to make sure the temperature was accurate.
I am a ball of nerves with this egg today. I should have just stayed in bed today! LOL...
Any ideas or advice? I wish I could just crack that thing and take it out of there!! I know I can't do that but it would be nice if I could do that and get him out alive!
Ok, the dark gray spot that has appeared on the pointy end of the egg is likely the duckling trying to pip in that spot. Can you post a pic? If that's what it is (and I'm pretty sure it is, I had the same thing happen to one of my eggs last year), then that means the duckling is upside down and may need help hatching out. I would recommend reading through this link under "Malpositions", you'll have to scroll down a bit.
There's alot of information there, so just take it all in and don't panic! Ducklings take a long time to hatch and helping them out too early is usually a death sentence. Your little guy may need a tiny little safety hole at that dark spot to make sure it can get some air in there since it's not hatching out into the air cell like it should be (if I am right about the dark spot). The link above will tell you how to do that, and the signs to look for so you know when/if you need to help further. Sometimes they can still hatch out on their own in these cases, but sometimes they can't.
My malpositioned duckling last year ended up getting very stuck and I did have to help her out very very slowly over a 36 hour period. I'm happy to say she made it and just turned a year old a couple months ago. My friendliest and most favorite duck ever (she's the duckling in my avatar, actually). She does have a little leg issue she's had since hatching though, likely caused by the odd position she was in inside her egg, but she gets along just fine.