HELP! Duck Egg Emergency!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RoslinRose, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. RoslinRose

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    PLEASE READ! I NEED HELP! This is my first time hatching duck eggs and I may have made a fatal mistake!:hit One of my chickens decided to start laying with duck eggs and I let her set on three. Two were duds and so I have been so worried about my one survivor. My little ducky is supposed to hatch real soon, well that's what I thought. It is on at least day 24 and I don't have an accurate timeline to follow because I don't know the breed of my ducks, for all I know it could take a lot longer for him to be ready to hatch. Anyways Wednesday at 8:00 PM I went to check on him, I candled him and noticed his air cell had gotten quite a bit larger and I saw little shadows in the air cell. I instantly thought he had internally pipped and I was ecstatic!:celebrate I waited 24 hours making it Thursday at 8:00 PM and he still had not externally pipped. I searched every where for how long I should wait to assist and I was just to worried to wait any longer, for fear he would run out of oxygen. I got a pair of sharp tipped tweesers and gently scratched at the eggshell(at the air cell of course) just until I could chip away a small hole. I looked inside and, surprise! He hadn't even internally pipped!:idunno He was pushing at the membrane so hard, it had only made it look like he pipped. So now I have made a hole for oxygen to get in and dry the membrane. I know that ducklings can have a really hard time getting out of membranes that are either to wet or to dry, so I don't know what to do now. I really thought he had internally pipped and needed help externally pipping. he was pushing really hard at the membrane so maybe he was about to pip, or is having trouble? I feel so terrible! Is there any way he might still survive?:fl it is just a small hole, about half the size of my pinky fingernail. Please any advice or knowledge would be greatly appreciated!!!:bow
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

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    :welcome

    Most breeds of ducks are 28 days. Ducks are also slower at hatching than chicks and should be given a good 48 hours before interfering between both the interna to external pip and the external to zip. With the hole...pinky size is still a little big. This early in the game I would treat it like a crack and put a little piece of tape over it. That small of an area shouldn't affect it's ability to pip once it's ready and closing that hole will help to keep it from drying out in the mean time. It sounds like it's just big enough to let in a substantial amount of air, but not really big enough to be able to apply a lubricant to the membrane to keep it from drying out.

    Also when making a safety hole for a internal pipper that has gone for 24 hours in chicks or 48 hours in ducks (not that I highly recommend pipping into an unpipped egg, I don't,) but all that should be made is a pinhole/tack sized pip.
     
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  3. RoslinRose

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    @AmyLynn2374 Thanks I will definitely put tape over the hole! Maybe I was reading hatching about chickens, because I thought 24 hours was a long enough time for them to need help. Also I made the hole bigger than because I was trying to see where he had internally pipped. Anyways, I made a mistake, I won't let something like this happen again. Hopefully he'll still make it though. Thanks again for your advice!
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

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    I only know that eggs tend to draw it out and take much longer cause I have a few duck hatchers on my thread....lol Good luck! Hope to hear some good news. If you tape it and he does happen to start pipping in the vicinity of the tape, just take it off if it will come off easy. Let us know how it goes!
     

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