I'm going to be a ducky-mommy!!! WORRIED!!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Mrs MIA, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    They're not due until the 28th, but I have a mallard pip already! I opened the incubator to mist them, and thought "Hey! I'll candle them to make sure they're doing ok before moving them to the hatcher." So I pulled one out... it was one that had been cracked, but we tried it anyway... it developed to about 10 days then quit. Bye bye. [​IMG] The next one was active, and OMG, is that a bill in the airsac??? Yep... so I turned it a little more and noticed the pip... OMG!!!! So I'm waiting for a hatcher to come up to temp (the primo Miss Prissy 'bator [​IMG] ) and they're going in tonight... mallards, and either khaki campbells or rouens, or a mix of the two.

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  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Another one is trying to get out this morning. I've had several chicken hatches that were early... my Sportsman is set at 99.5°F but it always seems like my Millies and Light Brahmas hatch a couple of days early... now my ducks? I don't know what's going on... but I'm excited!!!
     
  4. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

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  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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  6. Mrs MIA

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    Oh dear... not good... the first one died in the shell. It had pipped a hole so I could see its bill... it stopped moving so I checked it. It died. [​IMG] So I opened it up, and the yolk sac was still huge! I hope they're not all like that... there's three more pipped now. [​IMG] [​IMG] I have the humidity pretty high in there... like 85-90 %...
    This is my first time incubating duck eggs, so I'm still learning. Any tips from you duck-hatchers out there??
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  7. Mrs MIA

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    Since I know people will say this thread is useless without pictures...



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    My very first duckling hatched myself! [​IMG]
     
  8. Stamper

    Stamper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SO cute!!!
     

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