Air cell at the little end - day 11 **update!**

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I just candled our duck eggs and out of 25 eggs, one had the air cell at the little end. I have them in racks little end down in a Sportsman incubator. Everything seems to be developing normally on this egg but when I put them in the egg cartons at hatching time, should I put it upside down so the air cell is at the top? Won't it be in position to pip at the wrong end? [​IMG]
     
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  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

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    I would lay it on its side to hatch.
     
  3. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Songster

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    I have a Silkie egg with the same problem. Due to go into lockdown on Saturday, so I'll let you know what happens. It seems to be developing fine just the other way round so would presume it'll know which way to pip, hopefully [​IMG]
     
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
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    Oh yes - please do let me know how your hatch goes! [​IMG]

    We took it out of the rack last night. DH cut an egg carton to hold it so we could lay it on its side on the turning rack. Hoping for the best.
     
  5. mrslb333

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    Ok so it's on lockdown I've not put it in anything special just on its side the way the others are. When I candled it was very active so hope fully it'll find the air sac, but who knows [​IMG] Will keep you posted [​IMG]
     
  6. LilRalphieRoosmama

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Good luck!! Will be thinking about you and hoping for the best!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. hinkjc

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    More good wishes for an excellent hatch! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. mrslb333

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    Well 3 went to lock down and they all died before pipping [​IMG] I think it was more to do with humidity problems then down to the air cell I did an eggtopsy and the chick was in a good position so hopefully you will have better luck [​IMG] I ordered 6 Muscovy eggs to cheer myself up and the only one that didn't have a badly ruptured air cell had it in the small end too [​IMG] I've set it. I can't believe it, I don't think I've ever had one before these two! [​IMG]
     
  9. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
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    [​IMG] I am so sorry. I wish you better luck with the next one. Ours go on lockdown Tuesday and that's when I'll candle it one last time. Will let you know how it goes.
     
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    To update: the egg hatched just fine. We hatched 20 out of 23 runner duck eggs and I have no idea which one it is but all are ok. We layed it on its side and the air cell moved from the little end over the top of the egg. The duckling pipped out just fine, with no help at all. [​IMG]
     

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