Please help! My duck eggs are struggling to hatch!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by quackerfactory, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. quackerfactory

    quackerfactory Out Of The Brooder

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    My ducks started pipping externally yesterday afternoon, but there are still just cracks around the shell today, no one has really broken through except for one. I am concerned because the room I have them in doesn't have very good humidity. I'm running the dryer in there to up it right now because it makes it very humid in there but I want to know if I will need to help them. One of them does have a hole where I can see his beak and when I see inside I can see that he has a large vein on the outside of his body. I am concerned about them becoming shrinkwrapped by the membrane because of the low humidity. Any advice or tips would be great. I was given these eggs by a family member a week ago and they were pretty far along and I've been incubating them since.
     
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  2. quackerfactory

    quackerfactory Out Of The Brooder

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    I peeled back a bit more of the shell and this one is definitely shrinkwrapped. I dropped some water droplets to moisten it on the membrane with a qtip. Please let me know what else I can do.
     
  3. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thrrow a wet wash clothe or a wet sponge in there. I just have a washclothe in there and water in the bottom of the bator, and I just had two hatch. [​IMG] It took one more that 12 hours to come out of its shell after an external pip.
     
  4. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    You need to get your humididty up to 80% and the more you open the bator the more moisture you let out, the more you will shrink wrap them. If the eggs have already pipped and you have been opening the bator you are now going to have to more or less hatch them or they wont make it.
     
  5. quackerfactory

    quackerfactory Out Of The Brooder

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    When will I know the right time to hatch the other two? One hatched and had some yolk still to absorb. I don't want to help too early on the other ones. My incubator is a tub with a heat lamp with water inside of it so the humidity isn't perfect. I've been spritzing the eggs today hoping they'd take up some of the moisture.
     
  6. Mini Moe

    Mini Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did the babies finally hatch?
     

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