Duckling hatching HELP

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  1. Georgiegirl74

    Georgiegirl74 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,
    I have a baby duckling that had pipped 24h ago and the membrane was stuck to her beak and she couldn't move! I have the humidity up high!!
    I carefully peeled back the very dry crusty membrane but now her beak is sticking right out and I'm wondering how she is going to use her beak to break open the rest of the shell![​IMG]
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Merry Christmas! Staff Member

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    Hi there, looking at your pic that's not too bad a looking membrane at all. It's nice and white which is good. Brown and tan colour is the sign that it's drying out. She should be able to zip out of that egg ok. She should turn in the egg and crack the egg round with her bill. By moving it in and out

    Do drop by the duck section for help from the duck experts ~https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Good luck :fl
     
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. Definitely post on our Duck link that Yorkshire coop left with you and take advantage of our duck experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
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  4. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    I hope your little duckling makes it out ok and that you'll keep us posted. What breed of ducks are you hatching?

    There's a regular thread on various breeds you might be interested in. Here's a link to get you to the list of breeds that have been focused on so far (with links to get to the threads):
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1024526/duck-breed-focus-project

    Good luck to you and the little one!
     
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  5. Georgiegirl74

    Georgiegirl74 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am hatching Magpie ducks [​IMG]
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  7. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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  8. Georgiegirl74

    Georgiegirl74 Out Of The Brooder

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    This duckling is stuck I think! The membrane is starting to go tacky and sticking to her bill
     
  9. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Get over to the duck forum and they should be able to help you out.

    In the meantime, have you tried dipping your finger in water and gently moistening the membrane?
     
  10. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Merry Christmas! Staff Member

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    Did anyone reply on the duck thread?

    You can gently moisten the membrane with a warm wet cotton bud. Be careful not to get water in her bill. Also you can wrap in some warm wet kitchen roll but don't cover the bill.
     

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