Batch 02 Roundup! 5/6 eggs hatched within a 7 hour span, and were all out of the incubator before I felt I needed to assist the last. I made a safety hole and left it for most of the day.
After 8 hours I checked on the egg and the duckling was still alive, but not doing much. I did a little more assist and came back about 4 hours later to a duckling trying very hard to remove the shell from its bottom half, but still attached via umbilical. I tried to make it comfortable but within an hour it ripped the cord and was bleeding. It was definitely not ready to be completely out, and I likely set the process in motion too early. Here's hoping I haven't done any lasting damage.
I left the duckling in the incubator over night and it was alert and pretty active this morning, however, it seems to have a splayed leg despite being on a facecloth in the incubator and not on the plastic floor of the 'bator. I taped up its legs and thought about putting it in the brooder with it's siblings, but decided against it.
6/7 eggs developed (85%)
6/6 ducklings hatched (100%)
Batch 03 is 2 weeks away from hatch and has 7/7 developing eggs!