Is this what "shrink-wrapped" looks like?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by carcar80, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. carcar80

    carcar80 Crowing

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    ? I just kept feeling like something wasn't right, so I made the pip larger to see.. I see a lip of membrane there, is he stuck? He is breathing and still moving plenty, but just doesn't seem to be making any progress whatsoever. He also had a piece of membrane across his egg tooth, which I removed gingerly. but he still just seems.. well..

    I feel horrible having even made the hole larger bc I'm a firm believer in nature's course, yada yada, but my inner voice just told me to. Yep, that's right, I'm hearing voices now. [​IMG]

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Does it look like dried paper? if so it maybe shrink wrapped. membrame should be soft amd pliable.
     
  3. carcar80

    carcar80 Crowing

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    Umm well no I don't think I would say it looks dry.. not dry dry.. just kinda rubbery? But moist. Should I mist it? Or just stop messing with it altogether.. I mean it can breathe now. That's the main thing, right? I know everything I do to "help" means I have to open the bator. It is raining here now, so that makes me feel better. We are in a "log home" (aka house full o' holes, lol), so whatever the humidity is outside, usually is inside too. ;)

    Edit: I WILL say, what does seem dry-ish to me, is the egg membrane. When I was making the pip larger it was really rubbery. But then I remember mine being that way last year too. But then those weren't in a bator with humidity either. Ugh. LOL! I'm crazy!
     
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  4. pogmobum

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    As long as it can breathe advice is always to leave it, they can take days sometimes. Believe me i know how hard it is when i first started i tried to "save" one and it did not end well. Since then i have successfully saved one that actually was having trouble that made me feel better :)
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Don't mist when your duckling is right there, since you have gone as far as getting them membrane open so it can breather I'd put it back watch your humidity and don't keep getting it out because that will cause it to shrink wrap. and just watch it takes time for them to hatch and if you were contiue to help you might hit a blood vein and cause bleeding, how is it doing is it pecking at the shell and peeping alot? I have only had to help one duckling in almost 9 yrs and it took from friday till Monday for her to hatch with me just chipping and putting her back under mom then in a few hrs going back and doing it again, believe me it was nerve wracking. she was shrink wrapped.

    I see you have been on this thread so ask your questions there, hopefully some of the experienced hatchers will be there to help. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/594278/thread-formerly-known-as-hatch-day-is-today/37230
     
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  6. carcar80

    carcar80 Crowing

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    Ooookay.. THANKS so much Miss Lydia! So even if they're shrink-wrapped, it's not necessarily a bad ending? I have no problem whatsoever NOT helping anymore. I'm relieved, actually, because I always hear you can hit a vein, etc. He is chirping and seems fine, just hard to tell how well he's pecking but we will see. I will be patient! Just needed to be "talked down," LOL! So the rubbery shell membrane sounds right? I guess their sharp little tooth will rip that away? I really don't know how much more humid I could get it in there, so...
     
  7. carcar80

    carcar80 Crowing

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    Pogmobum- thanks to you, too! :) Sounds like the general consensus is, don't help. I just didn't know if it was like humans where, once the membrane is broken they have to come out w/in a length of time..
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    I know sometimes people use paper towels that are wet but wrung out and wrap the egg in it but i have never done this so wouldn't want to tell you to do something like that. I'll see if i can find a pic of a shrink wrapped compared to normal egg hatching.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Well I have been all over the internet looking for pics so we could see the difference in shrink wrap versus normal, and I can't find anything. I will say when i was helping my duckling I did use warm water to misted her membrane it was so dried out, but was very careful not to spray so much there was alot of water in the egg. at one point she actually opened her bill and had a drink of mist. This was on Sunday. Hows your baby doing?
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    They work on the pipping and then they rest so your going to see this for quiet a while,
     

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