Originally Posted by cajuntc74
We had a successful Thanksgiving Day hatch!!!!!!!!! This one is such a cutie pie! We named him Pumpkin! He came just as we finished up our Thanksgiving dinner! Paris and Rocky took to him perfectly! They all snuggle into a ball to sleep at night and when they walk around they walk in a row... largest to smallest! The three of them all play together so well and they are all eating so well. They even get along at feeding time.
I had to assist this one but it was an odd assistance...he was a "sticky chick" too but he was positioned perfectly inside the egg. He did his first internal and external pips perfectly and started to zip (all this over a long period of time, over 24 hours) I kept watch and listened for his little peeps. About 5 hours before he hatched completely I noticed him getting tired and weak. I took off the part of the shell where the air sac was being careful of the veins. I wrapped it in a damp, warm paper towel and left him to go finish up dinner. I periodically dampened the exposed membrane. So I sat there with another family member and we started at it for hours. Finally got his little foot out of the shell and braced himself for the last push. When he just most of the way out I could see that he was still VERY much attached to the egg. The umbilicus was still very thick and the blood vessel was still very thick and there was still quite a bit of yolk left in there too..SO I put him back inside the egg. I kept putting his rear end back inside the egg for about 2 more hours and finally he decided he had had enough of that shell and just really flopped around and escaped! I held my breath and wait for the blood to flow...but it didn't!!!!!!!!!!!! There were only 3 tiny spots of blood on the towel. He was preening before he even came out of the shell. He is a little whipper snapper!!! Very high energy little duckling!
I have 3 more due to hatch on the 30th...they are looking good and are in lock down....then 2 more to hatch on the 3rd of December..I am collecting Hussy's eggs every day for the New Years Hatching thing going on with BYC...after that.. NO MORE Hatching until Hussy decides to do it herself! I am going to have to brainstorm and figure out what to do with these guys! They are outgrowing their brooder...and I have no more "Indoor" options right now. WOW They poop A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure they go more than my 2 big old hound dogs! It is constant bedding changing just to keep the smell down...
OK just to give you a little future advice, One don't cover them with a wet paper towel, it's total useless, When ever you see yolk, the best thing is to put him in a cup. Don't try to put him in back in the shell cause that could cause an infection.
But once he's in the cup, this is how you can tell he's ready he will climb out of the cup. LOL if he stays in the cup, then he's trying to finish up. The object is to apply pressure on the yolk without breaking it and help him absorb quicker.. It's best to always work on the air cell way like you did GREAT JOB..
the only thing you would need to do when assisting is get that head out. No need to help with the butt or feet anything, just the head... Once he's in the cup no need to wet him, just place a wet paper towel in the bottom of the cup this will be your humidity, then put a dry paper towel on top of the wet one and then set him on top of the dry paper towel.. and just leave him in the cup to rest.
Remember if you have different due dates all in the same bator, don't lock them down. Just once a day spray them the last three days. raising the humidity during there lockdown will cause the others to get sticky and sticky babies are NOT fun to deal with. It's a complete hair puller..
GREAT JOB, I'm sooo glad you were able to get him out OK..
Also avoid swimming lessons for at least a week. Were you able to get some Vitiman B? They need naicin each day...