Incubating Duck Eggs and there is a black spot inside

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by HH0611, May 1, 2017.

  1. HH0611

    HH0611 Just Hatched

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    I am incubating duck eggs and everything is going great. They are still alive and kicking, and there are still blood vessels throughout the eggs and the ducks are moving inside of the egg. I do see what looks like a dark spot in the egg. This worries me. What does that mean? Could it harm the duckling? Does it mean I have done something wrong? Any help would be appreciated. Hannah
     
  2. KaliChick

    KaliChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in the process of hatching ducks right now (2 hatched this morning) and this is my first time, so I'm FAR from an expert. However, some of mine had the dark spots and they are hatching. Try not to worry!
     
  3. HH0611

    HH0611 Just Hatched

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    Thank you! I am trying. I have done chickens before, but this is my first time with ducks.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Explain the dark spot and what day are you on?......Is it the heart of the embryo?....
     
  5. HH0611

    HH0611 Just Hatched

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    I am on day 22. They are moving and the spot is below the embryo.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If moving and thriving I think it's just normal development ..:)......

    Best wishes...
     
  7. HH0611

    HH0611 Just Hatched

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    Thanks, maybe I am just being overly worried. I do have one more question. What would you say the best brooder lamp would be for ducks? I have seen the regular lamps, but I have also heard blue lamps are good because they are calming.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens


    I use a red 175 watt heat lamp for my Ducklings...:)....

    :)
     
  9. KaliChick

    KaliChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 5 of my 8 eggs hatch (one didn't survive the hatch). I had 3 incubating still (because I'm not 100% certain on dates). I'm fairly sure those guys aren't going to hatch and all are pretty spotted. One had definitely rotted as of this morning so it's out of the incubator. Of the ones that did hatch, some did have some black areas near the air pocket and all did fine.

    They are under a red heat lamp and honestly, so far, they are pretty quiet. I'd say quieter than my chicks!
     

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