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ghost image of a duckling on the egg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gatordone, May 26, 2016.

  1. gatordone

    gatordone New Egg

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    Hi there guys. We got some abandoned duck eggs and I've been incubating them in a turner, but today when I transferred them out of the turner (it's day 25) and into the hatching incubator I noticed this ghost image of a duckling on the side of the egg. What does this mean?This wasn't there 4 days ago when I took the eggs out to weigh them. Any help you be appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you spray your eggs down at all? (Like for humidity or cooling effect?)
     
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  3. gatordone

    gatordone New Egg

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    Yes - I've been misting them every morning when I add more water to the liner tray.
     
  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may be from misting. I don't have any good photos of it, but I've got similar staining on the eggs that are about to hatch. The only difference is about half of them have a distinct grid pattern because they got just a bit less water which settled on the shelf liner. The ones that got more water have a blob-like stain. more water.. so the water pooled around the shelf liner.

    Just my feeling, but I think it's just happenstance that it looks duck-like.
     
  5. gatordone

    gatordone New Egg

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    Awesome. Thank you! So you think the little one should be ok in there?
     
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope so!

    Like I said my current batch has these stains.. They're in lock down now, and if they're not okay, then they don't seem to be showing it.
     
  7. gatordone

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    Awesome! I just started lockdown today too. Good luck with yours!
     

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