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First time hatching.

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Went on lockdown yesterday morning.  This morning I noticed a few pieces of shell laying on the liner inside the incubator.  We watched the duckling moving around and the hole got bigger and bigger. Peeping louder and louder. Then nothing.  I waited about half an hour and picked up the egg and the duckling was dead.  This was very frustrating and saddening.  The temp had been about 98, humidity kept about 70.  I'm thinking he suffocated.  I guess I should have helped him but everything I had read said to leave it alone.  Now I have another with a few pieces of shell broken off and the membrane is showing but intact. I see nothing going on with this one.  I'm just feeling a bit lost. 

post #2 of 8

I'm sorry for your loss. We have all felt the pain of losing a late term duckling :hugs

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I have two now that have pips but nothing else. Is it normal to stay like that for extended periods of time?
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I have one that is partially out. Actually just his beak is showing. He doesn't appear to be in any hurry. Should I be concernrd or should I help him?
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My ducks take a bit to get all the way out. If beak is out give him a bit to work his way out. I wouldn't take him completely out but might take a little of the shell away. As long as beak is out
post #6 of 8

This is a great guide to hatching and when to / when not to assist:

post #7 of 8
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That was a helpful link, lots of info. Thank you.

I had two more hatch last night and one more pipped in the incubator. My next question is how long do I leave the remaining eggs in the incubator?

It sure is nice to have someone to ask questions to.
post #8 of 8

I'm not sure if there is a hard line rule, its really a judgement call. I personally allow up to 2 days after the expected hatch date just in case. Some might wait a few days longer, the only thing you have to be careful about is a bad egg leaking in the incubator causing bad bacteria to get all over in there.


That was the scariest parts of incubation in my opinion. The last thing you want to do is pull a live egg because you think you lost it and end up killing it.

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