Haha, thanks! Like you said the other day, my phone is also full of chick/duck pics. Plenty need deleted because they are usually so hard to get good shots, but these were all so perfect, I couldn't decide which ones to post!
And I'm so proud of that OEGB Momma. For her first time, she is doing so well. Lets me reach in and peek around. My duck, on the other hand, I cannot get within 5 feet of her, and she goes all snake-neck quacking crazy on me! They are due to hatch any time now too.
I just went through my phone and deleted a bunch for the same reason. I take 10 pics just to get 1 decent and then never erase them all. I'm so happy to hear she's being a good mama! I know silkies have a reputation of being great mothers but not mine! They are great sitters but so far only 1/3 have actually been good mommies. I have one with chicks now that is so aloof. I have to check on them a dozen times a day. The little chicks fall down the ramp from the coop to the run and sit there peeping their heads off. I have to walk in, pick them up, put them back in with mom. She's just oblivious. I have a young pullet sitting on 3 eggs now and they are due soon. maybe it's all the fluff that covers their eyes. From your pics I can already see that yours is much more alert and attentive. I can't wait to see baby ducklings!!!
this hatch is doing some odd things ha! or at least things i haven't seen yet. the one that pipped on its own is at 16 hours with no progress at all. it hasn't even shoved its beak out of the pip hole. the shell pieces are all in the same place they were yesterday when the hole was made. i took some tweezers really quickly just to remove the 3 little shell pieces that broke when it pipped. there was no break in the membrane. a little beak greeted me and pushed up on the membrane but there was no hole! its pip broke the shell, but not the membrane! so neat!! i made a tiny little tear with the point of a toothpick, and the beak smashed right through and opened up the hole! i'm betting this happens quite often, the membrane not breaking with the shell on that first pip, but this i smy first time to see it! these guys are giving me a run for my money, but i'm also learning a lot this hatch!
they both are malpositioned. holy moses, i think that safety hole might have saved them. both pipped out of the back of the egg, way out of the air cell. i'm sort of amazed by my own instincts right now, but also i have no idea what to do. i keep reading over the assisted hatching guide but it's sort of vague and i wish i had help. i think i am going to start a thread and ask for some guidance!