Ok, good that they are internally pipped! Sounds like they'll be "sticky chicks" then with all that extra space left. Can you prop the air cell ends of the eggs up higher than the rest of the egg? That should help keep them from drowning in all the extra fluid inside their eggs. Not sure what their chances are, but it's a good sign some are internally pipped!
I have no idea what that green "rope" could have been! Sounds very strange. I mean, they often have a greenish blob of goo left inside the egg once they hatch, which is just waste material, but it doesn't really look like a string. Just a blob. Maybe it was mold or bacteria that got into a vessel and started growing in there? Or maybe the waste material just formed that way for some reason. Why do you have such strange eggs? lol
HA! I have no idea! I am sure all the trouble I have had so far was my fault and the way I did things. I had no idea what I was doing. This has been a crash course for duck hatching that is for sure. I did it all wrong and since the beginning I have been running my self crazy trying to keep the ones alive that had already started developing. I started out in a tote with a light in there and a glass of water. That was too difficult to maintain the temperature. One day the temp was too low.. another morning it was like 109 and I had no idea how long it had been that high...then there was no way to know for sure what the humidity level was. My hubby felt bad when I lost the first few eggs.. so he bought me an incubator..then my neighbor bought me one too...so I had them all set like they should be.. THEN one of the incubators completely died! So it was back to putting them ALL back in one incubator and everything has just been stressful. One baby died because it was in a double yolked egg and one died early on and the other must have gotten poisoned by the dead one in the egg with it. It died just a few days before hatch day. Then the other one that died in the last hatch.. his poor belly didn't grow together and his insides were outside. Most of the others died around the first week and some eggs were not fertile at all. The other thing is that these eggs are from my duck..Hussy is her name...she was only born in May herself. We picked her and her mate up from our local feed store. When I got them we thought they were Runners. They stood so straight and tall...and they looked just like our white runners we used to have...then when we got them home their tummy's leveled out with the ground and I didn't realize even what they were until they got much old. I read that you should not incubate their eggs for the first year!!! I have 3 perfect babies...and only 3 really sad losses. All the rest died very early, before you could even tell what was in there. Just the typical blood ring formed. ANYWAY! That is why my eggs are strange...lol... because of my impatience and inexperience. NOW I have just moved on to a NEW kind of inexperience.. what the heck to do with the sweet, cute, adorable and STINKY ducklings that are taking over my house...lol..
How long until they can go outside? My hubby is going to build me a box.. line it with hay and put a heat lamp in there and cover it. Will that suffice after they are about 2 weeks old? Paris is getting HUGE...and she is peeping non stop.. she wants to be held ALL the time..and fed constantly....and I do believe that Paris..the oldest one.. thinks that SHE is the mother to the other 2. And I think they agree with her. She is the leader...Paris lays down and they lay down... Paris gets up..they get up and they are on her feet all day.
Anyway...thanks for letting me write this NOVEL today...