How would I make safety holes?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by won023, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. won023

    won023 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just incase I have internal pipping and am at Day 26 they are fully internal pipped and wondering if needed when and how I would need to make safety holes?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I use an eyeglass screwdriver. I've read other people say that they use a screw.
     
  3. won023

    won023 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would it harm the duckling?
     
  4. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed are they? Most duck breeds (excluding Calls) take 28 days to hatch, and helping them out will only kill them, as they wont of already absorbed the yolk sack. Even if they are Call ducks I'd give them anouther day or two- a couple of days ago I had a Call duck hatch 3 days late on its own. If you do get to the point were you REALLY do need to give the a safety hole, make sure you are breaking into the air sack (use a candler to locate it) and use a blunt, but pointy object such as a screwdriver or pair of tweezers.

    Good luck! :)
     
  5. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    You'll want to candle it and mark the air cell and pick a point where it is away from the moving duckling inside. Even better if you can candle it as you are doing it, and go very slow and gentle so you don't accidentally puncture through too quickly and risk hitting it.

    As the other poster pointed out, this is not anything you will do within the next few days.
     
  7. won023

    won023 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I'll do it in a few days if they are in danger of not hatching or if they have not piped
     
  8. won023

    won023 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I'll give it few more days I'll just be patient they are magpie ducks so i don't know when abouts they might come?
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017
  9. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should hatch day 28, but wait until day 30 before doing any assisting.

    Good luck and keep us updated :)
     

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