in the spring of this year i bought 2 khaki campbell ducklings from tractor supply. conveniently, they ended up being male and female. i had seen them mate before but i didnt know that the female was laying eggs because i couldnt tell them apart from my chicken eggs. at this time, i was attempting to hatch chicken eggs but i hadn't seen any activity in 2 months so i gave up. i didnt check my incubator for almost 2 weeks and when i finally decided to i came across 5 fertilized duck eggs!! since then, i have cleared out all the chicken eggs and added 7 more fertilized duck eggs. i now have 12 developing ducklings all at different stages of growth and i candle them once a day just to check them out. last night, i candled one of my eggs and saw what looked like the duckling trying to pip into the air sac, my assumption was correct and today when i got home i checked again to see the ducklings bill in the air sac. since this is the first time i have ever hatched duck eggs, i was wondering if anybody could give me information on how to care for them after they hatch or any tips for during the hatch. i read that it would hatch within the next 24-48 hours and that the duckling must be kept in the incubator for 24 hours after hatching but i want to make sure i dont do anything wrong that will end up hurting them. thank you so much!
Hatching Khaki Campbells
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may be able to advise. There is a sticky on hatching waterfowl here http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/491013/goose-incubation-hatching-guide-completed
It may get tricky due to the need to lockdown. I am not a hatcher, but I have read some of these things, and the risk to a nearly-hatched duckling is if the bator gets opened, the humidity can drop, and the duckling gets shrink-wrapped. The membrane wraps tight around the duckling and traps it - it can be fatal.
Not to alarm you, but you may need to do some intervening.
well, icame home today and checked to see if there was any progress and checked for movement within the egg, there was none so after reading a lot of articles about helping them hatch i took it upon myself to make this attempt. the duckling had died, but i believe it was shrink wrapped which is my fault for overhandling them. i have 10 more eggs in the bator that are all at different stages of development because i didnt realize that they were even growing. i wanted to investigate so i took the whole egg shell off and the yolk sac was barely in the baby duck. what is the cause for this? did it only die because it was shrink wrapped?
What was the humidity at? It sounds like it was too low for hatching and it dried before it could get out... when one starts pipping you need to make sure the humidity stays up and don't open the bator as long as it is progressing and/or peeping...
We can help you, but we need to know more info so we can figure out what's going on...
For humidity, just get some new sponges, wet them and place them around the bator but not against the eggs... try one and add as needed... getting a straw and placing the sponges so you can dribble water in from the vents helps you to keep from opening it as much too...
Do not feel bad, hatching is a learning experience and can be very difficult depending on the incubator and other factors...