Hatching my first call ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lazydaisyducks, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. lazydaisyducks

    lazydaisyducks New Egg

    Jul 11, 2016
    Hi I have had to put some call duck eggs in the incubator at the last moment when the mother duck abandoned her nest the other day. Two eggs hatched and she left the nest with them , unfortunately they died. So I'm trying to save the other eggs, only one seems to be working out. He started moving and tapping his beak last night and seemed quite active. This morning he's tapping his beak but less active. I'm worried if I should intervene as he's a call duck I know they find it hard to hatch sometimes. I'm new to this , have never done anything like this before so ! But really anxious for him to make it since the first 2 died ( we just found them by the pond frozen so think the mum took them outside too soon)
    Should I just leave him in the incubator and let him do his thing or should I take him out and make a tiny air hole ? Any advice would be really appreciated, thanks.
  2. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Chicken Obsessed

    I am hatching an egg too! (my first time) I heard of another person the very exactly the same story! xx
  3. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Chicken Obsessed

    I think you could make him a little hole so he can breath, (have you already?)
  4. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Chicken Obsessed

    I wish i could help more! [​IMG]
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Has it piped at all yet...Do you have it in an incubator with the humidity high at around 60 to 65%?...If not it could be shrink wrapped in the egg...You can tap a small hole on the fat end of the egg where the air cell is..You might have to assist it out id the membrane is like rubber...?

    I can try to help you..I just assisted 6 of the little poopers..:)
  6. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Chicken Obsessed

    You took the words right out of my mouth! I wanted to write this down but i only have it in my head! [​IMG]good job!
  7. lazydaisyducks

    lazydaisyducks New Egg

    Jul 11, 2016
    Unfortunately he died before I intervened [​IMG]. I could see there was no movement any more at all when I candled the egg and I made a tiny hole and still nothing . I ended up chipping away at the egg and he had definitely died earlier. I think it's the membrane, seemed to be wrapped tight around him. So annoyed with myself I didn't do something sooner. He's the 3rd one we've lost this week with the other eggs not moving or hatching at all so really disappointed [​IMG]
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Sorry I never seen your thread earlier....:(.....

  9. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    :hugs I'm so sorry for your loss.... Maybe the mum abandoned the nest because the duckling wasn't meant to be :(..... Keep on trying and don't give up!

  10. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    very sorry to hear of your losses [​IMG] call ducks are the hardest variety to hatch because they are bred to such extremes
    what color was the membrane?
    and had it actually made an internal pip?

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