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Day 20 of incubating Twin duck egg!!...need suggestions plzz!

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Hi,

 I posted earlier a link to a egg we have in the incubator. It is believe to be a twin duckling.... I am new to hatching so my question is does anyone have any suggestions to make this go smoother. Temp, humidity, do's and do not's??? Coming up on lockdown date soon so thought I would ask people who have hatched ducks before. Just incase my link got buried along the forums and your curious about the egg here is the link https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=saqs02boIoE

Thank you


Edited by Ortiz5954 - 4/15/16 at 8:42am
post #2 of 6

Do you have other eggs going into lock down too?

 

With twins you're likely to need to assist at some point, and I'd be inclined to separate that egg at the get go. If you have a way to DIY some kind of hatchery you'll be able to let the other eggs hatch undisturbed, but still be able to assist this one and not risk shrink wrapping the others.

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Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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post #3 of 6
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I have only other egg in there at this time. I only put in just a few of my own and a dozen I got off a virtual yard sale but not one of those eggs ended up being viable, maybe the car damaged those ones or was no good to begin with . I put them as far away from each other as possible. I'm new to this, what is shrink wrapping?

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Shrink wrapping is when the humidity inside the incubator drops and the inner membrane of the egg dries out. When this happens the membrane shrinks, pulling away from the shell and contracting around the duckling. The duckling has a hard time getting through the drier membrane and if they don’t break through it can suffocate.

 

Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by "I have only other egg in there at this time." If there is another egg in there then you risk disrupting it's hatch (ideal humidity/temp) if you open the 'bator to assist the twin hatch.

Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
I meant I have only one other egg in there, but I'll go buy another incubator befor hatch day then to use as a hatcher.At least that way I have on hand and can incubator at a better rate.Thanks
Edited by Ortiz5954 - 4/15/16 at 11:02am
post #6 of 6

High humidity for duck eggs. Also you can mist the lightly with warm water once or twice a day while in lockdown. This will help keep it from drying out. With twins it may take them a while to get out as the can't move around very too to pip out. I agree with dotknott, you'll likely have to help at some point. They will likely get exhausted trying to get out. And you have to help em out in the end. But let them try as long as possible.

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