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.
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.
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.