Mother duck left her nest!

mamaduck83

In the Brooder
Jun 23, 2019
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One of my buff orpingtons went broody late which I wasn’t thrilled about. I let her keep 3 eggs and two ended up being viable. She sat like a champ for about a month but then we had a cold snap and she’s left the nest. Both ducklings have pipped internally and are still in their nest inside the duck house. She seems to sit on them at night but leaves them all day now. I have a heat lamp on them in the duck house so they don’t get too cold (it’s in the 50s during the day now) but can I expect them to actually hatch now?? I don’t have an incubator... anything else I can do? I hate to lose these two darlings but I’ve never successfully hatched abandoned eggs before... the eggs are cool to the touch but the straw surrounding them is reading in the 80s.
 

mamaduck83

In the Brooder
Jun 23, 2019
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They’ve been in the incubator for about 18 hours. Occasionally I see the eggs rocking a little but no external pip yet. Does that sound normal? I’ve never hatched in an incubator before so I’m trying to not be too worried haha but it’s tough!!
 

mamaduck83

In the Brooder
Jun 23, 2019
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Update: after more than 48 hours they needed assistance so now both are hatched. One of the two has a red bulge protruding from its belly and attached to a little sack of gooey stuff (not yolk). The other has the sack of gooey stuff but it seems no bulge. Is this some sort of hernia? Will the duckling be ok?
 

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