I have a duck question!***Update I love him!***(more pics)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by patyrdz, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    I am hatching runner ducks, first time ever hatching ducks. I have three that have pipped so far. Well one has a hole in the egg and his beak is sticking out. I am concerned because I do not know how it can zip the egg if his beak is out! Is this normal? I know I am suppose to wait, but the beak being poked out is a new one on me!


    I love him already!! [​IMG]

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    Last edited: Apr 12, 2009
  2. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Anyone?? Please!!!
     
  3. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    how far out ? Can you post pics ?
     
  4. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cant help you. Never hatched a thing.
     
  5. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My two ducks did that as they pipped. I finally gave in after 24 hours and helped them break the shell a little (I did not tear the membrane for them, though).

    ETA:

    You can see where I chipped off a big part of the shell around their beaks. I'll edit and add another picture when I can find it.

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    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I cannot help you either, as I am sadly inexperienced in the area of hatching, but remember: It is perfectly fine to ask questions! In fact I personally encourage it. BYC is a place to learn and you can't learn without asking questions.
     
  7. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aaah, here we go. I had chipped back a fair bit of shell, without bothering the membrane.

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    Eta: this duck popped right out shortly after this.
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  8. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I'm sorry, this is off-topic, but AWWWW! [​IMG]
     
  9. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That picture is so dinosaur-ish... I like it, but for some reason I expect that baby to have sharp teeth and big scaly wings!
     
  10. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Thank you all for responding! I was starting to get a complex!
    I helped him![​IMG] But...I just zipped it for him and he did the rest! My first duck!! I can't tell you how exciting this is!! I have wanted a duck since I was little! My Grandpa used to take me to cattle auctions, and they always had ducks. Since then I have wanted one! My Grandpa was a very important part of my life and we were very close. I guess this makes me feel closer to him! He has been gone for 25 years!
    well anyway... I have three more trying to hatch! I have a picture of Junior [​IMG] I will post it as soon as it will upload!
    Thank you![​IMG]
     

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