Help!! The membrane looks like it's drying out!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by khaylock, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. khaylock

    khaylock New Egg

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    Ok so first time hatching ducks. Have two. Today is day 28. One externally pipped this morning at around 3 am. Now it is almost 7pm and it has made no progress. The membrane looks thick like paper and dry. Humidity is 79%. What do I do? I have two eggs and the one that hasn't externally pipped yet is pecking but nothing else. Do I just leave it? Is this normal? This hatching business is turning me into a crazy person hahaha [​IMG]
     
  2. khaylock

    khaylock New Egg

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    I can hear tapping and tapping and tapping but nothing is happening :-(
     
  3. Datacross

    Datacross Just Hatched

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    I've never personally hatched, but have read others experiences of it taking up to 30-35 hours sometimes for them to complete the process. They also say to hydrate the membrane using Vaseline or something of that sort.

    Again, I've never personally done it
     
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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  5. Datacross

    Datacross Just Hatched

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    No, once the water evaporates it dehydrated whatever it was on even worse
     
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    24-36 hrs from pip to unzip isn't uncommon. 9am puts you at 30 hrs. As long as there's movement/breathing things are generally okay. Candle if you need to. But try to wait until 9 (30 hrs) or 3pm (36 hrs) before assisting.

    Vaseline is definitely better than water for this. Water will evaporate and leave the membrane in worse shape than it is now.
     
  7. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    WHAT happened here? Did he hatch???
     

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