I candled my duck eggs..day 23..all is dark except air cell...help!

EllyMae

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My bantam eggs were a total loss for my broody hen and she has 3 bantam duck eggs left and they are on day 23. I broke down and candled them tonight and all is dark except air cell at the large end of egg. OMG, I feel like an expectant mom!!! I am SO hoping at least one of these hatch because I have such a determined sweet broody cochin.
For all the experts out there... is it sounding positive? (as I am about to become a chain smoker)

Oh, and one more question... should I buy her a new baby at the feed store and try the "slip it under her at night" and see if she accepts it in case these eggs fail also?
 

4-H chicken mom

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Don't give up hope just yet. The closer to hatching, the darker and harder to see in them they get. Keeping

I would never buy just one of anything. If she doesn't except, it will be all alone. Always get a few.
 

EllyMae

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Oh trust me...I would get more than a few...I have that crazy chicken addiction thing, lol. But the only problem is I am working M-F 8-5 for the next two weeks and I don't think I would be able to properly brood chicks incase she didn't accept them. So it's a gamble. Did I mention that I never had much luck with gambling???
 

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