External pips or cracks?


6 Years
May 17, 2013
Kentucky, USA
I have two ducks sharing a nest, and every few days I've been candling and throwing out dead/undeveloped eggs. It's been really difficult, and my stupid self messed up a couple of times. Which is why I want to make sure before I jump to conclusions.

It's hard to see in the pictures, but there are veins in every egg pictured. There was also movement in every egg pictured. So they for sure aren't dead. The air sacs also seem much larger than a few days ago, though I don't have any pictures from a few days ago.

I'm not hearing any noises at all coming from these eggs, but then again, I'm only listening once or twice during the day. It's totally possible that I'm just listening when the ducklings are resting. I hope that I'm just over-thinking everything...
Oh crap. Well, I found out that they're cracks. And I broke a very small hole in one of them, and saw that the duckling hadn't even broken through the air sac yet. She/he is moving around a lot, though. I really hope everything turns out okay. I put it back, but now I'm wondering if I should have brought it inside...?

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