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HELP PLEASE! Ducklings not absorbing veins.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HeatherMarieR, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2015
    Somerville, AL
    I have two call ducklings trying to hatch. They pipped internally at least 48 hours ago. Once I noticed they were internally pipped, I externally pipped for them since they usually can't do it on their own. I've been watching them closely since then, and I've even removed some of the shell around like a zip to help them when they get ready, but their veins are still HUGE. Are they ever going to absorb them, or did I do something wrong to cause them not to? I've assisted several hatches, but never one that I've had to externally pip for. I'm starting to worry. Today is day 26, so they're not way past their hatch date or anything, but I didn't think it normally took 48+ hours to absorb everything.
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Time is what they need. Just check them every 2-3 hours and chip a little shell away each time. If you still see veins, put them back to cook a bit longer.

    Though I understand that Calls have a difficult time hatching because of those short bills, this is why I try not to assist. Its so incredibly nerve wracking and easy to mess them up!

    Best of luck!
  3. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2015
    Somerville, AL
    Thanks! I got quite a bit of help from several people on another thread and feel much better now. Yes, calls are very difficult to hatch because of their tiny bills.
  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    any time you help and see blood it means the egg is full of yolk. I do hear if a chick pips they will zip, given time. but an outside pip never means ready to hatch. it just means the wanted air, after outside pip they rest 24 hrs. then they zip fast when they are ready.

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