Pipped duckling has turned around inside the egg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tiffysahn, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Yesterday I was checking on my call duck who was sitting on 8 eggs. one had pipped and I could see its little beak and it peeped at me :)
    This morning when I checked on it, it had managed to turn around inside it's egg and enough was showing that I could see it wasn't breathing.
    Please, does anyone know what happened? This is the 7th duckling we've lost in a week, the others to predators, maggots and just something now being right. I really think I'm jinxed.
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    When I checked on it yesterday.
    This morning. I opened the shell a bit more to just double check it wasn't breathing
  3. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2016
    Awh. I'm so sorry.
    The same thing happened to one of my eggs over the past summer. As long as temp and humidity was right, it isn't you. Sometimes things just happen that we can't explain. It could be that he/she got stuck in the membrane, wasn't strong enough, and so much more. Keep trying. You'll get babies soon enough. ;)
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016
  4. Thank you bydhatch. Another duckling died last night with his little beak just showing through the egg. If I had an incubator maybe I could try and hatch the remaining ones myself.
  5. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2014
    I've heard Call Ducks have a hard time hatching sometimes because their bills are so short, but I don't have experience hatching that breed myself. So sorry for your losses. :/
  6. Thank you Orca5094! I think maybe I can try and help if another one pips then! Thank you
  7. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2016
    I was incubating mine when it happened. Invest in a good incubator and know you might worry yourself sick over the little ones. ;)
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  8. If anyone is interested, I have now made myself a homemade incubator following the instructions here... http://www.backyardduck.com/the-homemade-incubator/
    and have brought the 3 eggs that have internally pipped inside so I can hopefully help if need be. Ivernight 2 have externally pipped and the last one sounds to be trying very hard. How long should I leave it between internal and external pipping before I should help?
  9. bluejeans

    bluejeans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2012
    Sorry about your duckling. I've also heard Calls shorter bills make it harder for them to break free. I just received some juvenile spotted aussy,s from duck creek farms in Montana so it will be interesting to see how they do in rearing their young. Will be kinds nice to let the ducks do all the incubating and caring for the young for a change.

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