Hi all, This is very sad but out of 12 eggs, there were 9 healthy ducklings (others infertile/quitters), out of 9 healthy ducklings, only 2 survived. The first one to hatch had completly dried out and was eating, drinking, had no abnormalties but was suffocated by one of his mums, they stood on his neck. The second and third ducklings to hatch are fine, although I did find one of them struggling to breath with the mums wing acoss it's neck so I quickly moved him. They are both running around outside now with their mum. The fourth duckling to hatch also completely dried off and went for a walk outside the main pen with the mums and other ducklings, again no abnormalties, come out the next morning to find it outside dead, I'm gussing everyone went into the hutch and left it outside to freeze. I have found the first one to hatch outside like this one so I chases him inside with everyone else, I guess I didn't get to this one in time. The fifth duckling to hatch had pipped well and was starting to crack around the edges, I come out this morning to find that as it was hatching they must have squashed the egg and broken it's neck, the only thing holding it's head onto the rest of it's body was it's skin. The egg was dangling off the duckling. The other four died in their shells. I went to candle one of the eggs who was kicked out the nest and it wasn't moving at all, the rest had pipped but this one hadn't, it had started to smell so I figured I would burry it, I cracked it open (partially out of curiosity and partially because I wanted it to be remembered as a duckling not an egg) and when the dead duckling falls out it doesn't even have a head or a beak, just a stump. Please, if there is anyone who can tell me why these poor ducklings keep getting killed please let me know.