Crowe18

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Hi again, we once again rescued some fertile eggs for the cold outside after some tragic events with the neighbours ducks. Is there any tips in ensuring humidity stays high during lock down and anyway to help the ducklings with out effecting the temperature and humidity. Also what temperature should it be when the ducklings hopefully hatch
Thank you
 

Crowe18

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Update the duckling has been working at the same hole for 24 hrs and hasn’t cracked through yet we can still hear chirping / piping
Any advise ?!?
 

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Hi again, we once again rescued some fertile eggs for the cold outside after some tragic events with the neighbours ducks. Is there any tips in ensuring humidity stays high during lock down and anyway to help the ducklings with out effecting the temperature and humidity. Also what temperature should it be when the ducklings hopefully hatch
Thank you
in incubator keep it at where it was for incubating. 99.5f for forced air, and 102F for still air.

after they're dry and in the brooder around 95F will be high enough.

to keep humidity up, it really depends on your incubator, but generally try not to open it so the humidity doesn't escape. add water as needed to keep it where it is.

there really isn't much to be done to keep the temp and humidity stable if you're opening the incubator to assist. try to be as hands off as possible. but if you do choose to help them try to keep the opening as small as possible even draping a damp hand towel over where the incubator will open will help keep the heat and humidity in while you are opening it.

if you are assisting, take the egg out of the incubator while you're working on it. you'll need to be able to see what you're doing clearly, and have full control of your hands. Also you don't want to risk any other eggs in the incubator having problems because of the dropping humidity.

Update the duckling has been working at the same hole for 24 hrs and hasn’t cracked through yet we can still hear chirping / piping
Any advise ?!?
could you post a picture of the hole it's been working on?

Usually a chick will pip externally, sit there for what feels like forever then make a second pip and fall asleep for hours and hours before deciding to actually zip. I've heard that ducks usually take 48 hours from external pip to zip.
 

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If there's a hole or crack, it's getting air and is fine. 24 hours isn't long at all. Give it some time. If you help too soon duck could bleed to death and die. It's probably resting in there absorbing yolk, etc.
It's not like you see in the movies.. egg cracks, chick pops out like a magical bean etc..
 

Crowe18

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If there's a hole or crack, it's getting air and is fine. 24 hours isn't long at all. Give it some time. If you help too soon duck could bleed to death and die. It's probably resting in there absorbing yolk, etc.
It's not like you see in the movies.. egg cracks, chick pops out like a magical bean etc..
 

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in incubator keep it at where it was for incubating. 99.5f for forced air, and 102F for still air.

after they're dry and in the brooder around 95F will be high enough.

to keep humidity up, it really depends on your incubator, but generally try not to open it so the humidity doesn't escape. add water as needed to keep it where it is.

there really isn't much to be done to keep the temp and humidity stable if you're opening the incubator to assist. try to be as hands off as possible. but if you do choose to help them try to keep the opening as small as possible even draping a damp hand towel over where the incubator will open will help keep the heat and humidity in while you are opening it.

if you are assisting, take the egg out of the incubator while you're working on it. you'll need to be able to see what you're doing clearly, and have full control of your hands. Also you don't want to risk any other eggs in the incubator having problems because of the dropping humidity.


could you post a picture of the hole it's been working on?

Usually a chick will pip externally, sit there for what feels like forever then make a second pip and fall asleep for hours and hours before deciding to actually zip. I've heard that ducks usually take 48 hours from external pip to zip.
 

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looks like it's made it's secondary pip and is just resting. give it more time. once it starts to zip it'll be making loud cheeps and it'll be stabbing it's beak out. If it gets a line of chipped off shell, and then stops it's time to start worrying. :D
 

Crowe18

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the duckling looks like it’s trying to breath gulping for air - is this it just getting used to breathing or is the temperature / humidity too high
 

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It is okay. Do you see its bill moving? Looks like it's yawning or chewing? That is the baby absorbing its yolk. He's working hard in there, he knows what he's doing.
 

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