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Day 27: Helping Call Eggs Hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Scifisarah, May 19, 2009.

  1. Scifisarah

    Scifisarah Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Rockford MI
    My Coop
    Okay, this is my first time hatching call duck eggs... Yesterday I noticed that my four remaining call eggs had all broken through the inner membrane and were swinging their bills around inside the air space and rocking their eggs around. This morning, one of the eggs had totally stopped moving, one egg had started to pip and the other two were still a'rockin. Worried that the three remaining live chicks might suffocate like the one presumably did, this morning I took a needle and made a small hole in the end of the air sack shell so the chicks could breath. Temp is at 98.8, Humidity 75% and I did not mist or cool the eggs during incubation. Does misting the eggs during incubation help keep the shells softer, and would misting with a bit of warm water now possibly help? Any advice on how to proceed, how long to wait before doing something else etc. would be appreciated. I imagine I will at least wait until sometime late tonight before trying to help them any further to see if they get along on their own.

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