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24 hours after duckling pipped at wrong end of egg

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It is day 28/29 and i'm now incubating duck eggs for the first time. Recently successful hatched some chicks and did really well with my brinsea mini incubator and had 7 hatch. This time i'm not sure that it's going so well. I followed brinsea guidelines as I did before, but I noticed that the air sacs were very small on all of my 3 duck eggs!? Was just filling one half of
the water chamber every couple of days until lock down. Anyway one of the eggs has actually started to pip, at the wrong end! It's now been 24 hours and progress is so slow (pic attached). Is that progress normal? When and how would you help if it continues at this pace? Will be going to bed in a hour or so, so will have to see what the morning brings. But the water levels are going down and I dare not open the incubator. I have 2 other eggs in there too that aren't doing anything. Any advice greatly appreciated. Many thanks Nicola
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It is day 28/29 and i'm now incubating duck eggs for the first time. Recently successful hatched some chicks and did really well with my brinsea mini incubator and had 7 hatch. This time i'm not sure that it's going so well. I followed brinsea guidelines as I did before, but I noticed that the air sacs were very small on all of my 3 duck eggs!? Was just filling one half of
the water chamber every couple of days until lock down. Anyway one of the eggs has actually started to pip, at the wrong end! It's now been 24 hours and progress is so slow (pic attached). Is that progress normal? When and how would you help if it continues at this pace? Will be going to bed in a hour or so, so will have to see what the morning brings. But the water levels are going down and I dare not open the incubator. I have 2 other eggs in there too that aren't doing anything. Any advice greatly appreciated. Many thanks Nicola

Hi Nicola

Many eggs PIP at the wrong end and come out just fine.

Just make sure he isn't having a hard time getting out of the egg. And make sure the membrane stays nice and moist.

 

Hope this helps

 

BCP

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Hi bcp. Thanks for your reply. This stage is so exciting yet so nerve racking! The membrane looks quite dry, do I just leave the incubator closed (as I did last time) or do I open the lid to top the water up? I have read that some people put wet paper towels in the incubator as well????
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Hi bcp. Thanks for your reply. This stage is so exciting yet so nerve racking! The membrane looks quite dry, do I just leave the incubator closed (as I did last time) or do I open the lid to top the water up? I have read that some people put wet paper towels in the incubator as well????

You can open the incubator and put a damp paper towel on the egg to help moisten the membrane

Sorry for the late response!! 

Did he hatch yet?

 

 

BCP

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Hi. Yes he is here! I spent most of the day yesterday getting him out! He was totally stuck, and no further progress after 36 hours. I read as much as I could, and helped him out. Had a couple of tiny bleeds initially, but he's out and alive. Hopefully my he will be a she though. My children have named him zachary quack mini monster for the moment! Pic attached, and thanks for your interest :-)
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Hi. Yes he is here! I spent most of the day yesterday getting him out! He was totally stuck, and no further progress after 36 hours. I read as much as I could, and helped him out. Had a couple of tiny bleeds initially, but he's out and alive. Hopefully my he will be a she though. My children have named him zachary quack mini monster for the moment! Pic attached, and thanks for your interest :-)

AWWW he is so cute!!

Congrats on your first duckling!!!!!

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