HELP 3 RESCUE EGGS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dfwnate, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. dfwnate

    dfwnate Just Hatched

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    Hello! I am brand new to this (BYC and hatching eggs) but I am having a bit of a dilemma. I have 3 Muscovy duck eggs that were left over after a hatching from a mama bird in our neighborhood. I waited a good while to ensure she wasn't going back to the nest. By my estimate the 3 eggs were probably left alone for a couple hours. I made a makeshift incubator for them, and pretty soon after things started warming up at least one of the eggs started chirping. That was a little over 24 hours ago. I'm concerned because I haven't noticed any other progress, no discernible movement in the eggs and no piping that I can see. Should I consider helping the eggs out? What is the right amount of time to wait before you do help? Thanks!
    PS temp is kept right at about 98 and humidity at about 40-50% as I read that Muscovy eggs need less humidity.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    At hatch they need at least 60-65%. I never recommend less than 65% for hatch humidity. Ducks can take between 24-48 to progress from pip to zip so unless there's signs of distress I would give it more time. The other eggs, unless they pip, there isn't much you can do. If they are at least internally pipped you can put a tiny safety hole in the air cell, but again between internal and external it can take 24-48 hours before progressing.
     
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  3. dfwnate

    dfwnate Just Hatched

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    Thanks AmyLynn! There's been some progress on one of the eggs, the chirper has broken out a small portion of the shell (externally piped?) [​IMG]
     
  4. DwayneNLiz

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    thats great, so long as they are making progress on there own i wouldnt help
     
  5. dfwnate

    dfwnate Just Hatched

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    So it's been a little over 24 hours since the first signs of external piping, and this is where we are at. The duckling is still chirping away and it sounds almost like he/she is biting away at the shell. Should I be concerned at the slow progress, or is this fairly normal?[​IMG]
     
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    replied on other thread
     
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