Day 23 of hatching duck eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hev1977, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. Hev1977

    Hev1977 Chirping

    Oct 3, 2019
    Hi all, I'm completely new to this. I did my research, bought some eggs and followed all the advice. Unfortunately, my eggs were shipped, 4 out of 5 had detached/saddled air sacs and one had a crack!! I'm down to two viable eggs, one has a detached/saddle air sac, the other is fine. The embryo/duckling in the saddled egg seems small compared to the other egg. The air sac is huge as well. I candled this evening, only slight movement from the normal egg, (duckling does seem to be filling it) and there is movement in the saddled egg. My worry is the hatch, for both of them!! How should I set the saddled egg at lockdown?? Does anyone have any advice on if and when to assist?? I'm desperate here, can you tell!? I've spent so long waiting for hatch day, talking to the eggs, I've already fallen in love with my babies, and would be heart broken if anything went wrong this close to the end!! Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Free Ranging

    Jul 24, 2016
    Washington State
    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! And welcome to the stress of your first hatch! I am not an expert on hatching at all, so hopefully we will get an expert in here soon. I think you want to make sure the air sac is up at lockdown. Good luck!!!
  3. CluckNDoodle

    CluckNDoodle Crowing

    Jan 12, 2019
    :welcome Knowing when to step in or IF you should step in during the hatch is one of the hardest things to explain but there are a couple of links here on BYC that, sometimes in graphic detail, explain how the hatching process works as well as how to step in and assist if necessary. Waterfowl are waaaaaay slower to hatch than chicks so most of the anticipatory anxiety is because they're just SO SLOW! I hope that your hatch goes smoothly and that assistance isn't necessary but the below links are helpful if needed!

    This link would be good to read over and understand so you know why it's important to wait. I'll forwarn you that there are some graphic images of chicks that hatched too early but it's an incredible source to have when hatching!

    This is another link more focused on assisting any type of poultry but they are both very good sources of information.
  4. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

    Apr 17, 2012
    Coffee shop
  5. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

    Apr 17, 2012
    Coffee shop
    A quick answer is to hatch laying down. I’m a fan of always hatching laying down.
  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Partially Enlightened

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  7. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here.

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  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Sorry, I have no advice. I've only done natural incubating here.
  9. Hev1977

    Hev1977 Chirping

    Oct 3, 2019
    They're laying on their sides and are being turned regularly.

    Thank you, I'll have a look
  10. Hev1977

    Hev1977 Chirping

    Oct 3, 2019
    Thank you

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