Originally Posted by RoodyRodchester
Good luck to everyone! Im out
My duck pipped about 3:30 yesterday. My husband text me while I was a work so I didn't find out till later on in the evening. He said everything looked good humidity and temp wise. Said it was making noise! And then the chicken egg pipped wrong end about 5 he said. Said it was still peeping and working on the pip when he went to bed they were making noise. When I got home around midnight there wasn't any noise I figured they were resting. My husband got up at 6 for work still no noise I got up at 7 with the babies no noise. So my SIL came over about an hour ago. She's hatched dozens of hundreds and is what you would call a meddler I guess. I didn't want to open it but was worried. She took a look at the duck and he had pipped but died as the chicken had pipped wrong side and died without absorbing yolk. Duck didn't seem to have much if any yolk. Not sure what happened or why. My 8 year old is pretty upset and wants to try again but I think we will wait a little bit. Plus my chickens aren't laying at the moment anyways and don't want to have any shipped until we start getting better. Looking at a new bator in the coming up months so maybe things will go better next time! Thanks for everyone's help! Hope everyone has great luck!
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Ahhh, I am sorry to hear that!
I hatch a lot of ducklings and I think the hardest part is getting them to loose enough moisture. If they don't, then they grow too big to be able to hatch. That is what it looks like to me, but I am really sorry.
My son was about that old when we tried our first duck eggs and the same thing happened. I told him that I learned from the hatch that the love that you feel for a bird doesn't die even if the bird does. That love is a gift to us that these little eggs and birds bring us, even when it doesn't turn out the way we hope.
If your son wants to try again, I think that is wonderful!
I have made all my incubators and if I can help you out at all, please ask! Mine hold temp very consistently even in a room with fluctuating temp. We have wood heat so it is very up and down.