PLEASE HELP ASAP

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mady_, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Mady_

    Mady_ In the Brooder

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    Hi! So my duck egg has started to smell at day 28, I can't tell if its the incubator water or the duck egg itself. I tried candling and haven't saw movement, did the water test and still haven't seen movement, he hasn't even internally pipped. My question is can make a hole in the top of the egg away from the duck to see if he's even still alive in there? If he is still alive will this harm him in any way?
     
  2. crazy4ChickensNducks

    crazy4ChickensNducks Songster

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    I haven’t incubated yet but I have heard of people poking air holes with a needle, you could do the same and smell where the whole is. @Texas Kiki
     
  3. Mady_

    Mady_ In the Brooder

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    I heard that too, however normally people do that when they've already internally pipped. My little guy hasn't yet:<
     
  4. crazy4ChickensNducks

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    You could do it and if it is still viable cover the pin hole with liquid bandage or wax
     
  5. Knighstar679

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    Take the egg out and remove it from the bator. Then smell the egg. You can also lightly tap or whistle at the egg while candling and see if that triggers movement. I would do that before poking a hole in the egg. What have your temps and humidity been through incubation?
     
  6. Mady_

    Mady_ In the Brooder

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    I removed it and it doesn't smell horrible but it doesn't smell great, to me it smells like swamp water. I've tried whistling, tapping, playing duck noises and nothing. The incubator I got doesn't allow me to see humidity but there's always condensation built up. The temp has been at 99 degrees fahrenheit or 37 degrees celsius. I'm honestly losing hope at this point and want to cry.
     
  7. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    If the egg smells & sweaty, remove & bag, it's rotten. You really don't want it exploding, and it will) in the incubator. A mess to clean and disinfect.
    Do you have other eggs in the incubator?
    Have you candled prior?
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  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    If it stinks then it probably is not good.

    I would be very careful that it doesn't explode on you.
     
  9. Mady_

    Mady_ In the Brooder

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    This egg was the only one, it was a wild egg I took in cause the mom abandon it. I know it was alive at one point because it was moving around inside the egg a bunch during candling around 15 days ago. Would it hurt to poke a hole away from the chick itself to see if its actually dead. I would do this outside so it doesn't stink up the whole house
     
  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    If you have condensation then my guess is your humidity has been too high.
    I HIGHLY recommend getting a humidity gauge (Walmart has cheap ones) and salt testing it before you set eggs again. I can walk you through the test if/when you get one.
    It is simple.
     

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