First Hatch!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by samuelsonfarm, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. samuelsonfarm

    samuelsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Everyone,
    I am at the point of pure excitement. I have 2 eggs in my incubator that are on day 24, and when I went in to candle them this evening I heard a faint peep, and it looks like one of the ducklings has broken through the air sac inside the egg! I am over the moon excited! I've never hatched before, so I just don't know what to expect. I know I need to increase the humidity in the incubator, so I added a bunch of water to the reservoir. Anything else I need to do? It was a last minute decision to incubate the eggs, so I'm not all up to par on my research...and it seems early for internal pip. Is it? These are pekin/runner mix ducks by the way.

    I will not sleep tonight, way way way too excited! Can't wait to post some photos of our two new babies!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  3. samuelsonfarm

    samuelsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did hear about the "don't open the 'bator" rule. Should I run a humidifier in my room just for extra humidity? I looked through the first link you sent, and it had some helpful hints. I don't have any "drying powder' so I'm hoping they dont need it :/
     
  4. samuelsonfarm

    samuelsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I woke twice during the night to check on the eggs, and heard lots of chirping and both eggs are wobbling all over. No external pip yet on either one. I moved the incubator into my bathroom so I can increase humidity as needed (by turning on the shower for a minute or so). I don't have a humidity gague in the incubator...lesson learned.

    One thing I do see, that concerns me, is one of the eggs (the one that had internal pip and chirping first) looks like it has a purplish spot on it near the bottom (widest) part of the egg. What does this mean?

    Thanks everyone!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would definitely bring this one over to the Hatch Day thread. I am not a hatcher, just a learner right now. Very exciting. Very nerve wracking.
     

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