Call Ducks - Over the 26th day mark

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  1. mattieduck

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    Hi All,
    I would really LOVE some help.
    I now have 9 eggs in the incubator that I checked/candled at day 22 and they were all growing!
    I can add videos and pictures (if I can work out how) but you can see almost all the egg is dark, they have large air sacs, and in one video you can even see a little beek moving.

    But today is day 27! and I see no pips and I am getting worried. I have read so many different things about hatching calls and how hard it is, I've hatched loads of indian runners before but this is so much harder.

    I have the temperature at 38c/100f and the humidity was around 66% but after reading some post I put it up to 75% I am now worried this is way too high!

    I don't know weather to candle them, everything is saying not to! But I am worried I see no signs of them coming out.

    I am in the UK and its cold. I have added another temp and humidity device because I didn't trust the incubators one, and its showing the temp a bit lower, could this be causing the delay in my arrivals?

    What should I dooo??
     
  2. WVduckchick

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    If you are sure there are no pips yet, I would candle and look for drawdown and/or internal pips.
    The reason that Calls are more difficult than normal sized ducks is their short necks, and short bills. It makes it harder for them to pip and zip.
     
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  3. mattieduck

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    Thank you so much for replying so quickly! Do you think the humidity of 70% is okay or should I be a little lower! Read lots of contrasting opinions with calls! I will candle them tonight and see! Thanks again!!
     
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    Yep, 70% should be fine for them to hatch.
     
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  5. mattieduck

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    Candled the eggs just now! To me some of them look almost ready, I can see some of their beaks really clearly! Some see a little less far on! I don’t know if this means the ones less far have drowned or died for another reason or if they are just a little late! My temperature is set to 100f but the internal temp sensor is saying more like 96f do you think I should turn the temp up at all?
     
  6. WVduckchick

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    The ones that look full dark all the way up to the air cell are still possible, but the ones with clear yellow area up next to the air cell have quit. I'm sorry.
    And none look like they are drawn down at all, so they won't be hatching within a couple days, at least.
    The last picture is what they all should look like.
     
  7. mattieduck

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    That's such a shame, any idea what I might have done wrong? Do you think I should turn the temperature up? Thanks, Georgie.
     
  8. WVduckchick

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    I suspect that your internal thermometer is closer to correct, since these were delayed. I would find a thermometer to trust!

    But really, keep in mind that Calls are tough to hatch and often die late. What humidity did you run for the first 22 days? Personally, I run around 30% (give or take 5ish). I put no water in my incubator unless it dips below 25%.
    Your air cells pictured, some look large, some look on the small side. I usually wait until around day 18, then if some are too small, i lightly mist the eggs. This misting will draw more moisture out as the mist evaporates. (I know it sounds backwards! Lol) If they are extra small, I'll wipe the egg with a damp sponge, to remove part of the bloom. If they are too large, add a wet sponge or water to the wells, to increase the humidity (gradually)

    Also keep in mind parent stock and how close they are to SOP. The calls that are more typey are definitely harder to hatch!

    Calls are definitely a challenge, but keep trying!!
     
  9. mattieduck

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    Oh my humidity seems like it was way to high for the first 22 then it was more like 45-50%.

    Where abouts are you based, should humidity outside the incubator make much difference?

    I think I will wait to see what happens with these and then order some more! I hope some of them make it! But its not looking promising! What would you have temp and humidity at now? I am trying to increase the temperature slowly.

    Thanks so much for all this help! Georgie.
     
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