Due to Hatch Question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jimlas, May 22, 2012.

  1. jimlas

    jimlas In the Brooder

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    I am on lock down day #2 with 5 runner duck eggs. They are all moving around now, but I noticed one tonight is really dark on one end approx. 1/3 of the egg. I am hoping that this is not a bad thing. I think I still saw the egg moving though.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated. All I can think about is this is really bad, or it's like a Monarch Butterfly that is ready to break out of it's chrysalis that turns really dark at first???
    Thanks so much
    Wendy
     
  2. Baylor

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    I would say if they egg is still moving you are still good. If it stops moving for a long time (many hours) then potentially there is an issue - dont intervene until is is late in the hatch though otherwise things wont end well.
     
  3. jimlas

    jimlas In the Brooder

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    Is this not normal though, for a egg to be dark on one end. I read only one person say that dark was okay but only one. I have not heard it mentioned other wise in any other post.
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    I have never hatched eggs but my one duck Dusty has, the egg was dark BUT i also had a couple leftover eggs that never hatched that were too, i would assume those didn't make it..

    Sorry not much help but if they are moving i'd let it be for sure. Past a certain dating you will know..
     
  5. Baylor

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    If it is moving your still good - dead ducks dont shake eggs [​IMG]
    Remember they are pretty much taking up the full space in the egg now so it could end up darker. I have had ones darken and they hatch just fine. If it isnt moving that is another story.
     
  6. mettafour

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    I am so glad to read that a darkened egg at hatching time doesn't mean a dead egg. I have a momma sitting on 6 eggs and I noticed one was darkened yesterday. I picked it up and smelled it and it had no foul odor, so I put it back. I just went in to check on her, because we are about 12-24 hours from 28 days, and I picked up the dark egg and there was still no bad odor, but noticed that another of the eggs was getting a little dark as well. I didn't see any movement, but I just didn't spend that much time looking at them so as not to upset the Momma too much.
     
  7. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    They do darken.. it's kinda cool.. because all our eggs are being brooded by hens, i can't really look so it's hard to see movement but the darkening is quite obvious even from a distance.
     
  8. mettafour

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    I am so glad to read that! Thank you!
     

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