EGG COLORING

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bydhatch, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, helpful friends!
    Was wondering your opinion on my duck eggs' coloring. They are towards the end, haven't changed in a few days (possibly drawing back before hatching), and are turning a kind of gray shade in a few small places (not the air sac). OPINIONS?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a picture? They COULD be going bad, or the dark spots could be where they are trying to pip. You might want to do a quick smell check to see if they smell bad as that would give you a quick answer. ;) When are they due to hatch? Were they shipped? If they were shipped there is a higher probability of them being malpositioned inside, which can cause them to try to pip in areas outside of the air cell (which can cause a dark spot to appear on the egg shell).
     
  3. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do not have a picture yet. I will try to get one later. They do not smell bad, were not shipped, and should hatch anytime (last time I checked they had not internally pipped). Maybe a better way to put it is that where the duck sits the egg seems a shade darker.
     
  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, ok! These are being incubated by mom, then? Maybe they are just getting dirty from her? I don't know, sounds a little weird but hard to visualize things sometimes. Get a pic if you can, and maybe candle them real quick while you are there just so you know where they're at and how they're doing. :)
     
  5. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These were incubated by mamma duck until she was scared off by predators (new duck mom alert!). I think you misinterpreted what I meant; where the duck sits in the egg is a bit darker. Quick candle points to no internal pips yet. Another smell check: nothing.
     
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  6. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Orca5094 here's a pic!
     
  7. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the pic! Ok, did you candle them, are they still alive in there? Because they honestly look like they may have died and are rotting in there. :/ That's the only time I've seen eggs like that, unfortunately.

    And yes, I misinterpreted what you meant. Sorry! I get it now with the pic. ;)
     
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  8. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem. I'm really not sure. I thought I saw movement during a brief float test but I'm not 100%. I've also read instances where eggs like that turned out fine and some didn't. Not quite sure...
     
  9. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, well as long as they don't smell bad it wouldn't hurt to keep them in a little longer to be sure. I really feel they have died in there, but sometimes eggs do crazy things. This is why I avoid saying anything for sure when it comes to eggs and incubation. Sometimes they can really surprise you.

    Are these the only 3 eggs, or are there more that are not discolored? I would just be mentally prepared for these 3 to not hatch out, just in case. ;) Please let us know what happens!
     
  10. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, only three eggs. Already prepared for nothing but, I suppose we will see. Thank you for your help and will do!
     

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