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Candle them, if they are still alive you may have to step in to save them...
post #202 of 209
I candled them and there is no movement. There is what seems to be bruising on the inside. And I know that's not a good thing
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So after 4+ days of one of my babies trying to hatch, I finally had to get in there and help him out! I made sure the humidity was super high all morning and wrapped a wet paper towel around the egg. It worked great! A few hours later I was able to get the shell off successfully without harming the duckling. Poor little guy was so weak though sad.png much much much weaker than my the ones that hatched in good time. He has a very crooked neck, can't walk well, and seems to have a nonfunctional wing. But boy does he make up for all that in character!! We have named him Trooper because he's been such a trooper! And suggestions on how to help him??
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Patience and vitamins I have 3 ducks of varying ages with issues, a wonky duck who has balance issues, a runner with a slipped tendon that hops on on foot and a wry neck crested magpie given to me by a friend.... All are doing great because I gave them a chance to survive
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I have 6 duck eggs and 2 turkey eggs in the incubator that should be hatching any time now.. no signs of pips or anything yet though....

Laurie Mom of 4 adult children and B/G teenage twins. Gramma to Grace Jr's 3 children.
Harmony Henhouse : 2 Roos, 7 hens,50+ chicks, 3 ducklings 2 turkeys, chicken and turkey eggs in the incubators.

Non Chicken animal residents on the Harmony Homestead:4 alpacas 3 dogs,3 cats and Zuess the red ear slider turtle.

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Laurie Mom of 4 adult children and B/G teenage twins. Gramma to Grace Jr's 3 children.
Harmony Henhouse : 2 Roos, 7 hens,50+ chicks, 3 ducklings 2 turkeys, chicken and turkey eggs in the incubators.

Non Chicken animal residents on the Harmony Homestead:4 alpacas 3 dogs,3 cats and Zuess the red ear slider turtle.

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post #206 of 209
I am so excited! I have 2 khaki Campbell eggs in my incubator one I don't think made it.. the other is definitely alive! It's 1 am here in VA and he's peeping! He broke through the air sack earlier today and now I can hear him loud and clear! So excited!
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Originally Posted by FallingSkies View Post

I have a question someone gave me duck eggs and put in incubate but now they have black around top where air bubble would be are they no good. I am not having too much luck incubating. Had geese eggs explode in there once and don't want that happening again
post #208 of 209
Try the floating test,someone on here told me to do this they were right,check there are no cracks or pips in it,if it sinks to the bottom it's a dud.Also check there's no movement in the water,my egg started to smell that's how I knew something wasn't right.x
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I'm new to this site as well as new to incubating. We just finished up incubating and hatching duck eggs, from our own Welsh Harlequin and Khaki Campbell ducks, in a brand new Hovabator Genesis 1588. I set the temp to 99.5 during incubation and 98.5 at lockdown, the thermometer I put inside confirmed the temp. The humidity was high during the entire incubation period, about the last week I read that my humidity should be lower because it's a dry bulb vs. wet bulb reading (I may be explaining that wrong). But, the humidity was set around 60% for incubation and then 75% + for hatching/lockdown. I had to add a wet sponge to the bator to get the humidity up.  I only used the humidity reading on the bator, I do know that for hatching there was more than enough humidity as I had a hard time getting the babies to dry and had to move them to the brooder to dry. We had 5 good eggs at lockdown, they were candled and I could see movement in all of them. When it came time to hatch the pips were pretty straight forward but I could see tan very dry membrane under the shell. I waited a little over 24 hours, and read every article google could find about assisting (as well as watching all the BYC videos), before intervening. I had to intervene on all 5 eggs, all had pipped but none could zip. One duck was lost, I did not intervene in time, it had pipped the shell but not the membrane and got shrink wrapped. The rest are doing well, they were more than ready to get out of their shells and were just waiting for a little help. 

 

My question is.... What went wrong??!! Was the humidity too high for the first 25 days of incubation? I have kids and used this as a fun learning experience, we washed our hands well before handling eggs but we did candle them quite often to see what was going on inside.... should we have worn gloves? Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. I was really hoping to order some crested duck eggs for incubation but I'm really worried the same thing will happen again and I am very discouraged. I don't want to give up on incubating because it's so much fun and very educational, but I don't want to put more baby ducks through this again! 

 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this. -Victoria

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