Yup! That's the day mine are due too! So funny and we didn't even plan that. Lol.
I would think it's a bad idea only because when they hatch they flop all over the place. And then I'm positive one would think it's a bed and lay down right over it. It will be spilled and messy in no time. I had one this hatch that was set on sleeping right on top of my hygrometer. It could have picked anywhere but it had to be there! Could you section it off so they didn't have access?
This might be obvious but how is that duck still alive and moving with the egg open?
No, not really. As soon as I would dose off they would start scratching on me, almost like a kitten kneading its paws. Plus I had a nursing baby (human) sleeping on the other side of me!
Oh, you know what I bought after the chicks in bed fiasco? Those instant hand warmers! It's like $1 for 2. And they get hot! Up to 107 degrees. Good to have for keeping animals warm if power goes out!
Does not bother me! It's part of the process. It might help if you can take pics of the egg with the air cell off, so you can see the membrane and then more of the chick and egg once the chick is out of the egg.
How long after hatch did you wait to open the eggs? And are you talking about the inner membrane or outter membrane?
I was kicking myself for not having those hand warmers! Best thing I could think of and find in the dark was the rice lol. But yes, next time I'm at tsc / rural king I'm getting hand warmers! :-)
I've hatched out quite a few more porous eggs without a problem. Don't feel bad!
I'm pretty sure that we are over-cautious and crazy. Heck, I'm one one the biggest meddlers, but I still keep humidity up for precaution, but I honestly honestly believe that for so long people have warned against this and that and most of it is BS. I've seen people have chicks hatch early that hadn't gone to lockdown and had no problem hatching in 30% and I don't care what anyone says, I do not believe that you can shrink wrap a chick in 60 seconds, dry out some goo and stick em, sure, but shrink wrap??? That's a long process. I literally cringe every time a newbie asks if they will really kill their chicks just from opening the bator or one is scared to add water because they have to open the bator. Older, stricter hatchers have scared up and coming hatchers so bad that they can't even enjoy the hatch because they are scared they are going to cause certain doom.
I was so worried when I was first learning and reading all that alarmist stuff. (Im still fairly new at this but have 7 successful hatches and several staggered ones under my belt since thanksgiving.) On my first hatch I did everything "by the book" on my shipped eggs and all I did was worry myself for nothing! I wanted to candle earlier than day 7 but was afraid I would harm the embryos. I panicked because my humidity dropped to 55% in lockdown. I kept those hatchlings cramped up in the brinsea mini because I was afraid I would shrink wrap the others with pips. I lost one who I suspected was malpositioned but I was too scared to open the bator for "risk" to the other eggs...and the whole don't help a hatchling you'll have weak genetics in your flock! The whole thing was just stressful.
My second round in December I decided to just forget about "by the book"and try things in a more relaxed way. I had a great hatch and learned so much! Since then, I
1. Candle whenever I darn well want to
2. Know that in my bators, I can hatch with no issues as low as 50% humidity. I shoot for 65-70% but if it drops in the middle of the night it's ok!
3. Know I can open the incubator to add water and/or take chicks out without harming eggs
4. Will assist a chick in trouble if the chick has absorbed blood and yolk
My next goal is to start doing eggtopsies so I can learn more about what went wrong and how I can improve my methods.
I really appreciate the information being shared here. It's super helpful! :-)