First time hatching duck egg (abandoned) day 12 no moment! HELP

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  1. ashriver924

    ashriver924 Chirping

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    A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon an abandoned duck egg, took it in and truly have done the best I can trying to incubate it. Once I discovered it was fertile and kept him warm, (via dish network receiver, for first few days) I upgraded to a red lamp heat added sponge and water, turned several times a day. Finally after seeing signs of life, and continuing monitoring heat and humidity, with candling and seeing the spider veins and eventually movement. I was very excited and tickled by watching it grow, only to then notice yesterday no more movement, just an outline of the buck seen through the air sac and zero moventment or growth from yesterday till now. I’m very scared that I love the little ducky and I’m not sure what I should do. Provided that late last week I found yet again another abandoned egg which I’m not sure if it’s a goose egg or what. I need help on the first badly. I hope I didn’t lose the baby, and hopefully the picture I took will attach to this forum. Any help is very appreciated!
    The first 3 pics are of the egg in question, that hasn’t moved, the other two are of the egg that I’m not sure what it is. It’s much larger than the other egg and is developing differently.
     

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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

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    Are you finding the eggs in the same area? Birds don't lay all the eggs at once, it takes several days of laying before they will set on the clutch.
     
  3. ashriver924

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    No, we have several different routes we walk during the week and that’s how I found the first egg. The mom was ran over because it close to a subdivision and recreational park and other watched this happen (I was livid), and the other one was found opposite side of town with several smashed eggs. No thanks to kids stomping them, which I did stop when I witnessed it, so the last remaining egg I brought home.
     
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    Any idea as to if I lost the little guy?
     
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    Are you using the same lighting on all the eggs? I'm not sure but think the dark ones are "bad", the ones with the webbing is how it starts developing & think the object at the pointy end maybe the embryo but unless you keep the temp/humidity right, it won't continue to develop.

    So you got a make shift incubator or just the egg sitting in a container with the red light & water? Got a picture of your set up? What temps are you at? Humidity? The kind of egg will also determine the temp/humidity you need to be at.
     
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  6. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Crowing

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    I'm sorry; the dark egg is dead.
     
  7. ashriver924

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    Really? This really breaks my heart. I honestly did everything I possible could, besides ordering an incubator simply because al stores in town we either sold out, or over $200 which at the time I didn’t want to spend on the one egg, hoping and preying I could do it from all the tips and advice from googling every single day about every little detail. I made one from an styrofoam cooler from the ideas I gathered online, I would have loaded a picture of it, however, I’m currently at my neighbors assisting her because she’s elderly and lives alone. Thank you both for the help, I’m so upset over it.
    By chance have any idea on the second egg?
    Also, how can I increase humidity in the incubator, that’s truly the only thing I couldn’t get any clear or specific (at least enough for me) help online.
     
  8. sylviethecochin

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    No idea on the second egg.

    You can increase humidity by putting a shallow dish of water in the incubator--remember, what matters is not the amount of water, but the surface area available. If you still need to raise it after that, you can put a sponge in the water to help evaporate it.

    Can you give a picture of your setup? We might be able to critique it. Or you could check out this article: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/hatching-eggs-101.64195/
     
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    8CC0886B-A22C-4520-AD4C-75BCF9D7752C.jpeg 5A46CB0C-9144-4D0F-894D-147A5F1DD6B5.jpeg Hey guys, sorry for posting so late, however the first egg I was asking about did die, however the second egg is doing amazing! I was wondering if I could get any help trying to figure out what day the egg is on. I truly did believe that this one was twins, but I’m not sure any help would be great!
    Also, I’m using the little giant incubator 9300, and everything seems to be fine!
     
  10. sylviethecochin

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    I would guess it's about two weeks (if a duck egg.) Good luck.
     

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