Dead ducks - Hatch help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rdw02053, May 4, 2016.

  1. rdw02053

    rdw02053 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I incubated my first set of eggs. Out of the 9 fertile eggs, 5 made it to lock down. Post lock down I only got 1 new duckling.

    I opened one of the unhatched eggs and what I found is in the pic below. Any Ideas as to what lead to my defeat?

    Thanks,

    RDW
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  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that membrane BLACK?
     
  3. rdw02053

    rdw02053 Out Of The Brooder

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    The membrane is clear-ish, what was under it was black. I am thinking it is dead duckling soup.
     
  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ick.

    I don't know. I usually look at late death (when not related to malpositions or hatching problems like ruptured yolk) as being attributed with incorrect humidity.

    How long post lock down was this? Sorry, I'm not sure I've seen this before.
     
  5. rdw02053

    rdw02053 Out Of The Brooder

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    This was about 10 days.

    I took the eggs out of the auto turner and set them on their sides in the bottom of the incubator and then filled all the pans with water. I was able to get it up to about 70-65% RH with the temp at 100. Didn't open it or anything for 6 days until the one duck hatched.
     
  6. DKFarms

    DKFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same thing happened to me, but it was due to the first hatched duck rolling the unhatched eggs. I set everything aright again, and still saw movement in the eggs around 11 pm the same evening that the first egg hatched. By morning, nothing. I'm assuming that after a few minutes of being rolled, they must have gotten enough fluid in their lungs that it compromised them enough that they faded and died overnight.

    Sorry for your loss. We ended up with just one as well. I found a person about a half hour away selling ducklings about the same age, so I got a few to keep little Jr. company.

    Sue
     

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