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Hi everyone! I'm VERY new to this! Please have patience with me. ūüėē
I'm a first time Muscovy duck "hatcher" and really need your advice! We live on a golf course and had a Muscovy duck lay 3 eggs in the mulch up against our home. She left them and didn't come back... I took them in and researched. Made a homemade incubator and have been deligent in trying to follow the instructions I found online. One egg stopped growing at day 22; discarded. The other two are on day 27 today. I candled yesterday and all was good- air cells looked great, rest of egg was very dark but I could make out blood vessels and saw movement. Eggs have been "rocking" on their own last couple days. I've got them at a still air temp of 99-100 and humidity was between 45-55%. Today, I candled them and both have movement however they now have lighter areas at the narrow end of the eggs. In one, I now see yellowish fluid with blood vessels ... They are still moving around. There are no beaks showing in air cell.... But in all I'm reading or seeing online, I don't see anyone speak of this narrow ended scenario. Is my humidity too low and the membranes are shrinking? I read a thread online where it was suggested to mist the eggs w warm water... I've been placing a warm, damp cloth on them about 2-3 times a day for a few mins since about day 15... I read to do that somewhere... I upped the humidity today and it's at around 60% now; temp 99. Im beside myself! I don't want to kill them in shell bc of my lack of knowledge.... PLEASE HELP!! ūüė•
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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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I'm sorry I have no knowledge regarding ducks or still air incubators.  I think however, they need to be run a bit warmer than  other types of incubators. Please  do post on the  "Duck thread."  Just put that in the search box and it should pop up.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. DD has given you the best advice.

 

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