Duck egg suffocating!? Please, help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChandlerDoe, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. ChandlerDoe

    ChandlerDoe Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I recently got a duck egg, purely because I want a duck as a pet to love, and care for. I work from home so I have all the time in the world, have done TONS of research and think it would make a good companion. I made an incubator for my egg, its temp has stayed between 99-100 and the humidity 60-70%, no drafts, and I'm on my 26th day. I stopped turning yesterday and on the 24th day I candled him one last time and saw him moving. Well, I'm starting to get worried because I haven't heard any pipping and when I candled him on the 24th day, to me the air sack does not look NEARLY as big as it should be. I went as far as to download an mp3 of ducklings chirping to my phone to play next to the egg in the incubator to promote him chirping, but no dice. I'm prepared to with the UTMOST delicacy, chip a hole in the shell in his air sack so he doesn't suffocate, but I also don't want to kill him.. Please help, I've come too far to lose him now, I already love the little guy... Thank you! A picture of his candling on 24th day: http://imgur.com/CWqOkXy
     
  2. animartco

    animartco New Egg

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    Ducks hatch in 28 days, although if they are incubated colder it can take much longer. An old saw is,'when you think your ducks are about to hatch, go off on holiday.'
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    If it's a Muscovy egg it will take ~35 days to hatch. This is a Muscovy egg picture:

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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Here is another picture of regular duck eggs:

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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    And one more:

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  6. BellChell123

    BellChell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think he's ready to hatch yet. As other people have mentioned, they take 28 days to hatch, maybe longer. :)

    Just so you're prepared, here's a link in case you think you might need to help. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching Just be warned that the very first two pictures are chicks that came out of the egg too early and died. I didn't read that part and got freaked out. ;-)
     
  7. ChandlerDoe

    ChandlerDoe Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone, can someone look at the picture I linked and tell me what you think of the air cell?
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Can you take more pictures of it? Like four more... Divide into quarters and show pictures of each quarter.

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  9. BellChell123

    BellChell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The air cell looks just fine, but keep in mind I'm no expert. Will you be sure to tell us when he/she hatches?
     

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