Candled duck eggs on day 20- no movement in all but 1, are they dead?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rachel, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. rachel

    rachel Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I am having a very hard time keeping humidity stable, it varies from 48%-62% every day, I open the air vent or even the whole bator lid to adjust this, I'm shooting for 55%. How much of a problem is this?

    and then- if I see no movement in the duck eggs on day 20, does this mean they're dead?

    One egg has little blobs that look like mouse poop on the bottom of the inside of the egg. Does this definitely mean it's dead?

    I would like to avoid explosions, but I also want to be really sure I'm not tossing viable eggs. Please help!!! (first hatch)
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Just bumping you up in hopes someone can help you.
  3. purplepoen

    purplepoen Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    It takes a long time for a duck egg to explode, I've had them sit around my yard for two years through snow and 100 degrees and they've never exploded. So I would leave them in. Remember, ducklings are like people, sometimes they wanna rest and sometimes they wanna be active. So try checking them at different times and stuff.

    Have fun with your new balls of fuzzy fun!
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
  5. rachel

    rachel Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Thank you for the answers, I will just leave them all in there and keep my fingers crossed.
  6. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    Just wanted to send u a word of encouragment. I have a duck egg in my bator too that I have had to check it at different times of the day because it was sleeping! I say try at a different time of day and keep it in there anyways unless it is oozing or smelly! [​IMG]

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