Help, ducks shrink wrapped

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sue S, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Sue S

    Sue S Songster

    317
    558
    166
    Mar 7, 2018
    Pa
    I had 4 ducks in an incubator & 1 hatched lastnite ( happy & healthy ) then 1 more hatched this evening around 5 & they other 2 pipped but then I noticed my humidity was down to 40%, tried to get it up & it won't go up now the temp is dropping to around 90, & I checked the 2 eggs they are shrink wrapped, I opened up there pip so there becks are out. What else can I do the duckling that hatched around 5 is still in the incubator drying, I keep misting the other 2 that haven't hatched yet. HELP....
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    27,610
    26,616
    907
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
    Misting the eggs, according to the experts will actually draw more moisture out of the egg. You can mist the walls of the bator. How long ago did these 2 pip? @WVduckchick might be able to advise you.
     
    WVduckchick and The Phantom like this.
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    27,610
    26,616
    907
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
    There is an article in "hatching eggs 101" regarding assisted hatching. I can't advise you b/c I do not have experience hatching ducks.
     
  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    46,510
    104,731
    1,622
    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Is your incubator dying? What kind is it? Maybe placing a heat lamp over it may help bump the temperature inside?? (I did this when my thermostat conked out)

    At this point, I would probably remove the air cell end, and moisten the membrane, keep it moist with coconut oil, Vaseline, or the like, and wait for it to be ready to push out on its own. At least with the air cell open, you can observe.
     
  5. Sue S

    Sue S Songster

    317
    558
    166
    Mar 7, 2018
    Pa
    I did open the air cell & put coconut oil on them, hoping that will work
     
    WVduckchick likes this.
  6. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    46,510
    104,731
    1,622
    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Good luck! Keep us posted please!
    You may have to reapply it every few hours.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: