Eggs Abandoned, Please help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Goat_Walker, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    I dont know what scared her away, but my mama duck hasnt set on her eggs for 3 days. I checked again today, and she just wont set anymore.

    so I took in the 16 eggs, and currently have them in a crude incubator.

    They are due to hatch anyday now, ( 28 day period ended today , weird huh)

    So I have fertile eggs ( i candled them about 2 hours ago) with no mother.

    I have them in a 10 gallon tank wrapped in hay and a towel out in the sun, ( no too direct ) trying to warm them up and keep them warm till I can get something better set up inside

    When and how many times a day do I need to rotate them till they hatch?
    This is my first time "incubating" and I need
    serious help

    Please tell me if I am doing something wrong, I have been looking forward to these eggs hatching for a while.

    Like I said, they are fertile, but where really cold when I finally decided to bring them in.
    Was I too late? [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2008
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    No harm in giving it a try - but 3 days without mom on the eggs, I think they're done.

    Give it a few days and then candle the eggs again.

    If they're pretty close to hatch you don't need to turn the eggs at all.
    Do you have any way to measure humidity and temp when you get them in a better place? You can probably use a light to warm them - I've never incubated without my HOVA.


    Good luck
     
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    They are prolly not going to make it, but I couldny help but give it a try

    Considering ive never had a reptile, and mama has always don it natural, I have no way to do the humidity

    The best I can do on such short notice is to wrap them up and at night put a lamp overt them.

    DO i need to seal the tank up? Like make it so no new air comes in?

    I might just stick them in the florida room, it is often humid in there thanks to the roof leaking,

    What would be better?
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Duck eggs right?

    Put them in a box, put a heat lamp over it, add some wet towels for humidity, and get the temp to be about 101F. Then thats all you can really do. But I agree, 3 days is a long shot.
     
  5. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Do I need to seal it up to keep the humidity in? Also, how wet is "wet" for the towels? Damp or with excess water? Do i need to wrap it straight around the eggs, or around the towel that is around the eggs? Do I need to switch them to a cardboard box, or can I keep them in the 10 gall tank?
     
  6. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Ive got the tank air tight, with a wet cloth in there for humidity, and it is outside getting some sun.

    How is that?
     
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  8. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Thanks!
    Ill move the cover off .25 then
     
  9. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good luck [​IMG]

    If they make it they may be late due to getting chilled.
     
  10. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Id rather they be late than not make it. All we can do is wait now and hope for the best :)If anything new happens, ill keep this updated.

    Thanks so much everyone!
     

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