I have a duck who was incubatin eggs and today they started hatching. I checked them around lunchtime and three were pipping and one had alreadymbroken the shell. Two hours later The mother left the nest so I decided to take advantage and see where they were at, and immediately noticed one egg was gone but no duckling. I found the duckling, half out of the egg (head out) dead a good two metres away from the nest where the mother had clearly put it. I panicked and took the two other pipping eggs out and too inside to hatch under a heat pad. Whe I looked at the dead ducklingmore closely I saw a good sized yolk was unabsorbed. I dont know whether the duckling died from this (must have done so pretty fast to have gotten the egg un'zipped' so fast) or whether the mother duck might have either thrown it out still alive, or killed it. The veins were still full of blood around the membrane of the egg and the yolk also had veins around it. Can anyone with more experience in this than me give me any ideas as to what might have happened to tha duckling? i am worried about putting the other two eggs back with her and wold not forgive myself if they died after I did that. Its a good few hrs later now and one duckling has almost finished hatchig, its head and a foot are out and I can see th egg yolk is fully absorbed. The other is still hatching, bu loos to be a good few hrs away yet. Th one I found dead I was surprised that it had progressed so fast fro when I fond it with just the first chip in the egg shell earlier.. But it didnt look like the egg got broken, it was in the position of a duckling after it gets its head of the shell itself, and there was no shell or blood on the duckling, except a bit of blood on the egg tooth. It just seems to me that for a ducklin pippin so strongly, and then gettig out of the egg so fast, it would be unlikely to have died so fast, even though it had an unabsorbed yolk.... So st the moment I am plannig to raise th ducklings. However i feel really bad about taking them from her after she has sat on them all this time. I have raised rescued ducklings from a day or two old, so Im confident I can care for the ducklings. Its the mother I feel bad for... But not bad enough to put them back under her if there is any risk to them by doing that. I also have not raised any ducklings that have imprinted on me, which i assume these little guys will, before..