Mallard duck might need help hatching

Should I assist it or wait longer?

  • Assist hatch

    Votes: 1 100.0%
  • Leave it to hatch on own

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    1

Ciggynel

Chirping
Apr 2, 2018
51
38
66
North Texas
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I have a mallard duck that pip externally about 36 hours ago it only had tiny hole after 24 hours. I removed shell to make sure it was ok. Still chirping but not kicking out. Now going on 36 hours but has not completed hatch what should I do? Humidity and temp looks good.
 

Rosypetals

Songster
Jan 11, 2018
139
145
111
Don’t assist too muc, though, just break a few small pieces a little at a time so that mor then a third of the shell is gone.
 

ThreePumpkins

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 5, 2014
44
29
84
North central Pennsylvania
If there is no sign of blood vessels in the membrane I would begin to assist and there are a lot of resources here on BYC for helping. I try to get to the point the duckling will kick out of the shell on their own...sometimes they need a little assistance getting there.
 

Ciggynel

Chirping
Apr 2, 2018
51
38
66
North Texas
The poor thing made it out but I am not sure if he is suppose to look that way on the back side and I have another egg barely starting to pip shell. I hope it does better than this one. The two eggs were saved from a guy on a lawn mower who did not care what he mowed over and had destroyed one nest. I would hate to think they wont make it. Hatching ducks is stressful.
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