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

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by EllyMae, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    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) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    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?
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Don't give up hope just yet. The closer to hatching, the darker and harder to see in them they get. Keeping [​IMG]
    I would never buy just one of anything. If she doesn't except, it will be all alone. Always get a few.
  3. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    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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