Originally Posted by RubyNala97
He's out!! I'm officially a call duck mommy! Not only is that so awesome but this little guy came from a shipped egg that had a totally detached air cell. I've never gotten a detached air cell to develop, let alone hatch. So lots of firsts for me with this little one! I got him half way out and then was worried sick he was stuck in the shell by the membrane but after a short rest, he pushed himself right out of the bottom of the shell all by himself! Lots of pics coming once he's dry. He's going to be a lone duckling for 2 & 1/2 weeks until my next batch of calls hatch (yeah, I can't believe I'm doing this again). So any advice for keeping a single duckling?
That's the thing with shipped eggs, (we discussed this on another thread a while back) you can not accurately weigh them. There is no way to know how much weight was lost while they were being stored and through transit. What you can do is weigh some of your own eggs next time after they are laid and watch the air cell growth carefully so you know by eye how much weight loss % looks like. Know what I mean?[/IMG]
Yay! He looks like a blue ducky! Bet he's gonna be really cute when he dries off. That is crazy that he hatched with the detached air cell. I thought that was an immediate death sentence to see that but now I might just leave some of them in and see what happens.
My only advice with a single duck is don't let him sleep with you. Archie, my first hatchling that hatched 2 days before his siblings was so sad and lonesome that I let him snuggle up on my shoulder on the couch. Before ya knew it, I had him wrapped in a towel and sleeping in the bed with me because he wouldn't quit screaming at me when I set him down. Maybe go buy him a duck friend from the feed store cos once Archie's siblings started hatching he never squawked again. However, my plan to do this with the noisy turkey did not work. I bought a black spanish and a slate turkey yesterday from Murdochs and that lil Blue Palm brat squealed all night wanting to go back out with his mommy. O, and they do like little stuffed animals too.
I guess I will just have to try the weight loss thing next time and ride out the more than desired weight losses to see what happens.. I think my runners might come a lil early. When turning my eggs this morning I had one that I could feel wiggling around in the egg when I picked it up. Didn't even think of it at the time, but I wish I would have candled to see if it had internally pipped. Guess I will candle it at four when I turn them the next time.