Need help call duck eggs under chicken due today

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sandracollins, May 2, 2011.

  1. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 15 call duck eggs under my B.O. today is day 26 ,I have 3 internal pips one nearly 20 hours now when should I make a hole in the shell ??????? I have read so much about how hard they are to hatch that I am terrified they will die in the shell all 15 are alive,I only read today that I should have misted them everyday ,I misted them this morning to try and keep the humidity up but it is very hard to keep checking them when they are under a broody chicken .Any advice out there ???????
     
  2. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Over the rainbow...
    I've never hatched anything before but here is a bump so that maybe you can get some help from the experts. Good luck with the babies!!!
     
  3. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    help anyone the time is passing and I am not sure what to do
     
  4. afeatherfan

    afeatherfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mite want to watch the hen dont mash them, That is what happen to my eggs just when they started to hatch .
    I had a standard cochin setting on mine and lost all 9 .I tryed to watch for that but sh** happens and I wasnt
    out there at the right time.But mother nature is the best wat to go with calls.
     
  5. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a small hole in the air sac end of 2 eggs last night ,they had both pipped the air sac for over 24 hours,I left them under the hen until this morning and I then made the hole bigger nearly half way down the egg.They are both peeping at me but the membrane was very dry so I wet it with some water ,I will wait a few more hours before I do any more,
     
  6. Diamond Wire Farms

    Diamond Wire Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe the experts will have a better idea, but can you mist the eggs with warm water when you check on them?
    I doubt it would bother the hen, and when she settles back on them it might help to increase the humidity for a few hours.
    Good Luck. It must be nerve wracking for you and the BO.
     
  7. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Over the rainbow...
    How are they doing this morning? is everyone okay and more importantly are you okay?
     
  8. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked on the ducklings at lunch time and there was not much progress so I made the hole bigger and wet the membrane a bit ,I eased the head out and all the yolk was absorbed so I brought them into the house and have them under the heat lamp.I didnt want to leave them with the hen because she has 13 more to go and some are 2 days later than the rest.There were 5 more that were externally pipped so I made the hole a bit bigger and wet the membrane a bit ,it was very dry. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] for the rest ,how do I know if they are too hot under the lamp,what temp should it be
     
  9. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update 3 ducklings in the house under heat lamp 9 more pipped and I made the hole bigger some are half out of the shell but the yolk is not fully absorbed so I left them under mum untill tomorrow
     
  10. duckluv

    duckluv Overrun With Chickens

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