First time duck hatching

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Asuna Celladora, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Asuna Celladora

    Asuna Celladora In the Brooder

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    Hello everyone!
    So this is my first time incubating and hatching duck eggs. Since I figured I was going to get everything wrong at first, I bought 4 assorted duck eggs off ebay and had them mailed. Pekin/runner mix. My incubator is an inexpensive brand you can buy off amazon. It maintained incubator temp at 37.5 until lockdown where i added more water and lowered temp to 37.2. Sadly, I should have gotten a humidity gauge because i never could tell if it was where it needed to be at. I judged how much/little water to add day 10 thru 20 by candling and assessing the size of the air sacks. One embryo stopped developing before lockdown and was taken out. At midnight one pipped. It pipped externally by morning, but the hole was not big enough to fit his beak thru. I waited three more hours. With no additional progress (and because i was scared he couldnt breath!) I peeled off some shell and a small bit of membrane. She keeps occasionally sticking her beak out and is nice and loud and moving. Im reassured she can at least breath! Her beak seems to tremble sometimes. Did I peel back too much of the shell and confuse her? Can you even confuse a duckling through assisting? Lol, I dont know. As well, should I worry about the membrane drying out because I exposed more of it? I know the first thing I should really do is leave her alone! But my nerves need reassurance!
     
  2. Chickiemom25

    Chickiemom25 Songster

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    picture please.. come birds take 24 hours to hatch
     
  3. Wolfefarmyard

    Wolfefarmyard Songster

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    Ducks are known to take upwards of 48 hrs to hatch, so don't worry too much!
     
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  4. Asuna Celladora

    Asuna Celladora In the Brooder

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  5. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Songster

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    Mine took 48 hrs from pip to hatch ( last week). Try not to help. I wanted to intervene also and the kind people on the hatching forum kept encouraging me to be patient. Hang in there!
     
  6. Miss Lydia

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  7. Asuna Celladora

    Asuna Celladora In the Brooder

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    Little Cookie had no further progress by this morning and i was noticing the membrane get drier and drier. So I was bad (again) and decided to help out at around 1pm. I was right! Poor thing was getting shrink wrapped in the drying membrane. I opened a good portion of the shell and drying membrane off slowly. Put her in the incubator and she pushed out completely out within a half hour. Loud and active now but having a tough time walking. Feet seem bend under. Is this from the membrane?
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    It takes sometimes a day for them to get their legs and feet going. So give lil Cookie some time to recoup hatching is hard work. Do you have any poultry vitamins tomorrow I would offer room temp water with some vitamins added.

    How many left to hatch?
     
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  9. Asuna Celladora

    Asuna Celladora In the Brooder

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    Only two left. One other with an external pipp and a third just wiggling only. Cookie hatching helped start the other two (my daughter named them Caramel and Cupcake, haha!) But Cookie is still falling ove 15222783363982099025480.jpg 15222783363982099025480.jpg r often because her webbed feet bend in.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    She is still fresh out of the egg give her time. What breed are they again?
     

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