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First Time Hatch! Help Please!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BanditTheDuck, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. BanditTheDuck

    BanditTheDuck Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the replies! Yes, I did find some great advise on the duck forum, and when I checked on the egg this morning, the pip was MUCH longer, so I guess it is finally zipping. Should I peel back the membrane? The duckling is trying to poke it's bill through, and there's no blood veins or anything in the membrane. Here's a picture from when it first pipped:

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    Sorry about the bad quality! The air hole was about the size of a grain of rice.
    And here's a picture of the egg this morning:
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    You can see it's little bill! It's also chirping a few times every minute or so. So what should I do? Just leave it???
     
  2. Courthamilton

    Courthamilton Out Of The Brooder

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    How exciting! I would say since its starting to make progress on his own to let him be a while. I checked two of mine today and they've internally pipped and are chirping like crazy!!
     
  3. BanditTheDuck

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    All right! Thanks for the advise! What temperature do you recommend? I've read many different things, and none of them seem to agree.
     
  4. Courthamilton

    Courthamilton Out Of The Brooder

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    Is yours still air or what?
     
  5. BanditTheDuck

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    Um, well I'm actually not even using an incubator. I incubated these ducklings in a tupperware container under a heat lamp.
     
  6. Courthamilton

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    Holy Guacamole! You're braver than me!
     
  7. BanditTheDuck

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    Hehe, yeah. I honestly didn't even know anything about incubating when I started, and by the time I read about needing an incubator, it was too late, because they were already almost fully developed. But I guess I just proved that you don't have to use an incubator...[​IMG]
     
  8. BanditTheDuck

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    He still hasn't unzipped any further, and it looks like he's stuck in that position. It keeps trying to poke it's whole bill through the membrane (which is vein-free) so should I peel it back? Or should I help him unzip?[​IMG]
     
  9. Courthamilton

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    How long has it been total hours now?
     
  10. BanditTheDuck

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    40 hours and 40 minutes
     

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