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Help first time hatching ducks gone wrong!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jobarney32, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. jobarney32

    jobarney32 Hatching

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    I got 4 crested duck hatching eggs to see the progress with my 9yr old step-daughter. After doing a lot of research we candled the eggs after several days and could see heart beats in 2 of the eggs. After more candling we realised 1 was not fertile and when we cracked it open we were right- just yoke, another 1 also had a blood ring and was not developing. 2 eggs seemed to be doing ok until day 17 when I realised 1 of the eggs had not moved for a couple of days- we broke the egg open and it had died- I have attached a pic ....

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    Now on day 18 the other egg has stopped moving and I think it may be dead. I candled on day 15 and the duck was v energetic - now nothing :-( I have to say this has been a disappointing experience and just wondering what we did wrong?!!
     
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    :( Sorry to hear the hatching didn't go well. Welcome to the site though!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    You could also post in the Ducks section. Incubating can be very tricky, involving very specific temps, humidity and turning requirements. Hope you find out what went wrong.
     
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! x2 on the above advice.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] successful hatching seems dependent on LUCK. Some people do everything by the book and have total failures, others ignore the eggs and get loads of chicks. Even when broody hens hatch eggs results can be dismal.
     

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