helping my duck hatch need help quickly!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AHappychick, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Ok I have had my last duck trying to hatch for almost 48 hours, all the others finished hatching yesterday afternoon. there was just a small hole that it had made, by last night (early this morning) I picked the hard part away around leaving the membrane except where it originally pipped through, there was a little blood I got nervous and set it back down. all day today it had done nothing but stretch it a little, but has not broken through the membrane. I can still see it breathing. Several times I have wet a home made long Qtip and through the vent hole moistened the membrane a bit but still it can not come out. I am Not sure how to proceed at the moment. I finally have an opportunity to open the bator (I have had chicks hatching today as well) and would like to assist again because I just don't think it is going to come out on its own, but I only have one shot at this seeing as I need to take out the 2 chicks that are dry anyway but still have a few eggs and don't want to lift the lid more than once. Any advise would be greatly appreciated! Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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  3. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since it has been over 48 hours and the others have all hatched on their own I would guess that the yolk has been absorbed and this one is just stuck.
    I would go ahead and ring the top of the shell like they zip, tear the membrane away and get this one out.
    Do be aware though that sometimes there is a reason that they don't hatch and you might find a defective duckling in there. I've been there and done that myself.
    Hoping for the best, db
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:well I hatched it and you were right its belly was distended and deformed as if it never went into his body. I put it in a bag and burried it in the snow hoping that it would be the most humane death possible. Oh well this is nature, besides I have 8 perfect little quakers so that is plenty.
     
  5. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about your little duckie so sad.. [​IMG] I got one like that now too that I think is a goner..not sure no movement at all just sitting there with its beak sticking through the hole of egg alittle for lots of hours now and no movement at all.
     

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