Need Advice - Duckling Not Only Pipped Wrong End But Upside Down...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by friend_of_fluffies, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. friend_of_fluffies

    friend_of_fluffies Hatching

    Sep 16, 2018
    Greetings All,
    I removed my auto egg turner 3 days prior to hatch date and positioned my eggs on their side with the most air sac space near the top facing upward as some had suggested you should.

    The eggs are now externally pipping and all but one pipped in a good spot on the air sac end but one of them not only pipped the wrong end but on the BOTTOM of the egg :(

    So now I'm thinking its little head is down there and it is upside down in fluid or something. I can see it moving fairly well (looks like breathing) but not hearing any peeping.

    So two questions:

    1) Should I turn the egg so that the pip hole is on top instead of bottom or just leave it in the same position and not disturb it?

    2) Should I make an additional 'rescue air hole' on the correct end where the actual air sac is situated?

    I attached a really bad quick drawing I made to try to show you what I mean. Most of them pipped around where the green triangle is but the one little guy pipped at the red X.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  2. ChickensAndYoga

    ChickensAndYoga Songster

    Aug 1, 2018
    Eustis, fl
    From what I read from a member with the same issue yesterday, the majority said turn the first egg so pip faces upward. As far as a safety hole I have never driven me that for a backward pipper.

    Bare in mind that since this duckling skipped the internal pip process, from now to hatch may be up to 48 hours. (12 - 24 from internal to External for normal pipper plus 12-24 from external to zip to hatch). Good luck!
  3. friend_of_fluffies

    friend_of_fluffies Hatching

    Sep 16, 2018
    Thanks for replying!

    I will give that a try and play it by ear (literally) :D

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