Muscovy Hatching (Update, sad news)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by marie_martin, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    It is part of the way hatched but I was adding water and noticed the yolk is not all the way absorbed. Can't really tell how much without taking it out of the bator. I did moisten a paper towel with warm water and wrap around the egg to keep the bird damp so it could move around but maybe stay inside the shell long enough to absorb the yolk. I have had this in chickens, but this is my first experience hatching waterfowl. Any suggestions? Or should I just count on him/her to die? Thanks.

    Marie
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2008
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I have had that happen with chicks and I just leave them until they finish absorbing. Sometimes, depending on condition, I might spray it with just a little warm water to keep the membrane from drying out too much. I don't see any reason why it would be any different with ducks. I certainly wouldn't count it as dead just yet. Where there's life, there's hope.

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  3. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Here are some pictures of the new babies. Almost hatched. The yellow ones yolk is all the way absorbed now and the black one is almost. They are both still attached to the membrane or whatever you call it to their belly buttons. Keep your fingers crossed. The third one was fully formed and dead in the shell. Not sure what happened there. It was not moving the day that I took them out of the turner and upped the humidity. So may have already been dead? But here are the two survivors (so far at least)

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    Marie

    Adding a video:

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    Last edited: Jun 24, 2008
  4. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I don't know what to tell you, just wanted to say I hope it works out. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    What happened to the top part of the shells?
     
  5. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Thanks, I cleaned everything out since they are basically done hatching. I just removed the rest of the shell and they are free. I have put in a paper towel padding for them to lay on until dry. So far so good. The navals are rough but the yolks are absorbed. Will get updated pics later on when fluffy.

    Maie
     
  6. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Added updated pics above.

    Marie
     
  7. willow

    willow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a new Grandma!! Alright, I hope they make it, sorry about the other one.
     
  8. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Sad news, the yellow one did not make it overnight. I wish I could have stayed awake and kept check on it but my meds make me go to sleep and then I can't get up til morning. But I guess it was for the best if it was weak. The black one is ok so far and trying to move around a bit more. Will update later.

    Marie
     
  10. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I'm so sorry marie. I hope the other one makes it. [​IMG]
     

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