Since I just came upon this thread and really don't know all that has been going on but how old is Paris and is she from this same hatch?
Thanks for the info about the safe hole I haven't ever tried using a bator when we have ducklings I let my ducks hatch. I have only had to assist once and thankfully that duckling hatched fine, Nerve wracking to say the least.
Paris is about 6 days old. She is the only survivor of the original 6 eggs I began incubating from my sweet duck "Hussy". I was completely new to this whole thing and bit off a little more than I could chew. I did not do much of anything right in the beginning and I handled them WAY too much. I am pretty sure I caused a lot of the problems I am having with the hatching process. The first 2 eggs Hussy laid were double yolk eggs. One of them died at just a couple of weeks. The second one died about 2 days before it was supposed to hatch. Actually I take that back...all of the first 6 eggs died. Paris was the 7th egg and 3 days later I added Rocky's egg.. so I had a bunch of eggs in the same incubator all hatching at different times. I have 7 eggs left total that are supposed to hatch and they are all looking really good and growing nicely...it seems to be that way until just before they are supposed to hatch. Then everything seems to go South!
So anyway, the 3rd of Hussy's eggs was due to hatch but died because it was backwards inside the egg. I did not know that was even a problem until I am sure it was too late. I noticed the gray spot appear but did not know what it was and didn't realize that I could have at least tried to assist it. Then finally Paris hatched and it was tough. Then Rocky hatched last night.. he was mal-positioned too. I did a ton of research almost non-stop to make sure I was making the right choices. It was completely nerve wracking. This next baby to hatch ..... I am just not sure about this one. I guess I need to read up some more on 'sticky chicks"...There is a thread on here that is FANTASTIC! I have read it about 100 times. I still check in with Orca because it is nice to have actual advice...she has been an amazing help! ( I assume she is a she)....I do not feel confident whatsoever about this little one.. I put it in the incubator 28 days ago...one night the incubator spiked out at 109 degrees and I had no idea how long the temp was that high.. but so far 2 of them survived and the rest look good except this one. I have a "real" incubator now so I don't have to worry so much about temperature fluctuations..I know now that I need to start them all at the same time and set them in the egg turned and leave them ALONE! I am a curious busy body and I think that has caused most of the problems...