This is going to be a very descriptive post, I really need expert opinions on if its too late to have a 'normal' hatch and healthy duck. I found a mallard duck egg on a sidewalk by a pond last Thursday. At the time I was completely ignorant on the needs of an egg and grabbed it, took it home, and stuck it under a heat lamp wrapped in a cloth baby diaper (with duckie pictures on them) Then I googled some stuff and found out that I could candle the egg to see if it was alive. I did it like three times a day (poor little thing) and did not see anything until day three, blood veins and a little beating heart! So of course I fell in love and really did some research. I then found out I was doing everything wrong and it was a miracle he/she is even alive at this point. I have had it for 10 days now and it has the air sac, quite a bit larger embryo that is very active, and lots of blood veins. I am worried since I do not have an incubator that he is going to come out all deformed because of my ignorance. I have him in my walk in closet in a tupperware drawer with a cardboard box top over it and a cut out circle to place the heatlamp, two thermometers, a humidity reader (that is usually at 30% and I have a milk carton filled with about 2 inches of water and a rock in the water, don't know if I should put more water in there) I try not to bug him too much anymore but I do turn the egg every three to four hours clockwise and then counter clockwise so I don't get anything wrapped up. This of course makes the temps fluctuate if my thermometers are even reading correctly. The thermometer that is suctioned to the side of the box reads 95 degrees but it is by a vent hole (I have to small vents on the side of the box I cut out for oxygen and two on the other side cut out on the top to release the 'bad' air) then the second thermometer is laying next to the egg on a cloth diaper and it is reading 104 degrees, so confusing...
My questions do you think the temp is okay? is it reading 104 because it is touching the cloth and it is reading high or should I try to adjust? Should I move the thermometers
I am also worried that he is wiggling around so much because he is tangled up (I did not know about clockwise and counter when I first started turning the egg)
Is it okay to have the humidity that low? The air sac seems small so I don't want to add humidity, but maybe I should spritz him once a day? I heard that the moms go in the water and then get the eggs wet by sitting on them.
Did I do a ton of damage by handling him so much.
I feel terrible about not incubating him but I really do not have the money to buy one and I do not plan on ever incubating an egg again so it would be just for this egg only.
Sorry about all the detail but I really need help, I don't know what I can do to make the best environment for him and can use any help I can get. Any advice I will happily take.