How far along would you think this duckling was?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Housefullofhens, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. Housefullofhens

    Housefullofhens Chirping

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    upload_2019-2-22_15-53-9.jpeg After candling a clutch of eggs our mallard has been sitting on for approx 10+ days, we believed they were not fertile. Before discarding them, we decided to break one open to find we were wrong (first year raisers). We put the eggs back in her nest & she did go back & sat on them after we left. We didn’t think she was going to & went & bought an incubator, but came back to find she is. Can anyone tell us about how far along in the hatching process this duckling was?
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

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    Between one and two weeks.
     
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  3. Housefullofhens

    Housefullofhens Chirping

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    Thank you! Excited to see her clutch hatch. We feel terrible for losing the one we did though.
     
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  4. Housefullofhens

    Housefullofhens Chirping

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    Good news! The eggs have started to hatch yesterday. 52476652_10157106110769700_6972409423964667904_n.jpg
     
  5. Housefullofhens

    Housefullofhens Chirping

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    Sorry, having issues trying to post my video's. That last picture was a video where you could hear the duckling peeping in the egg. Since then, we have had 2 hatch yesterday & one this morning. Still waiting on the last 3 to hatch. I have a cute video I wanted to show you of mommy & daddy with the 3 ducklings, but it is not working for me. Quackers is such a proud dad. I have read where you shouldn't keep the male with them, but he is doing great with them & you can tell he loves them.

    Our next obstacle is finding someone to dock the ducklings toe. In Ohio it is illegal to have mallards that are not docked or banned (not sure if both need to be done). We purchased Mommy & Daddy last year in May at Rural King & their toes were already docked. We were never told that we needed to band them. I called the Ohio Department of Wildlife & the lady I need to talk to is not in this week. I am now in search of a vet that can do this as I do not want to wait to have them docked as I heard it can be painful the older they get. We are such newbies at this & learning as we go & they grow!
     
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Definitely it was further along and possibly 20 days incubation
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Love to see the little family when you can post some pics.
     
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  8. DucksOhio

    DucksOhio Songster

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    Forgive my ignorance. What is docking? I’m in Ohio too.
     
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  9. DucksOhio

    DucksOhio Songster

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    Not sure where you are in Ohio, but look up Dr. Gary Riggs. Amazing vet for birds.
     
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  10. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Free Ranging

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    Yes, please! I'd like to know too!
     
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