Sad :(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Daisgirl, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Daisgirl

    Daisgirl In the Brooder

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    Hi all.

    I am a new comer to duck hatching and I think I am beginning to wish I hadnt! I didnt think it would be so stressful and that I would obsess about it so much!

    I have a mix of Magpie & Buff Orpington eggs on day 26.5 and things are going very slow to say the least. I am struggling to get the humidity up in the incubator (polystyrene foam one).

    the temp has been constant throughout. I had one of the buffs pip into the wrong end on day 25 - well made a small whole through the shell but the membrane was in tact. on candling I could see no movement.

    I read up everything I could find about it and some said leave it alone others say help. Finally this morning I pulled a tiny bit of shell off and the little bit of membrane and a tiny little beak pushed out of the whole as if gasping for air.

    I damped kitchen roll and put it back in the incubator. I have just checked it before coming to work and whilst the whole appeared a little bigger, there is most definitely no movement and I think he has died. I don't know if it was me that did this, although the shell i removed was small and hanging off and there were no veins in the membrane and no blood. Did i leave it too long to help maybe?

    I have 7 other eggs in the incubator and some havent pipped but have movement. I have convinced myself that as it is day 27 (technically this evening) that all are going to die!

    I have a feeling this is going to be my first and last attempt LOL!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Hatching is tough. I don't hatch, myself, but there are some very helpful people at

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/594278/thread-formerly-known-as-hatch-day-is-today/38570

    I do know it can take 28 or more days for the ducklings to hatch.

    There is also good information here

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/491013/goose-incubation-hatching-guide-completed

    How about you post on the hatch day thread, and in the meantime look over the incubation guide - it ought to apply very much to your project.

    Prayers.
     
  3. JenandHerQuails

    JenandHerQuails Chirping

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    I know how you feel! My ducks are on day 26 and all I see is rocking. I've had bad luck with hatching before and im worried they wont make it out of the egg!
     
  4. SweetLilChicken

    SweetLilChicken In the Brooder

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    Aww that's so sad [​IMG]

    I hate when I get stuck into something and you get so excited but it never works out...

    well I can only help you by wishing you luck!

    so sorry,
    Phoebe
     
  5. Daisgirl

    Daisgirl In the Brooder

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    Thank you Amiga. I will take a look at the threads for sure.

    Oh Jen - I never thought it would be all thought consuming! It is all I am thinking about. Should have done this... should I not have done that ...

    After a first time bad hatch where nothing came out of it in the end, I was feeling quite proud that 8 out of 12 eggs made it to lock down! Now I am just a bag of nerves lol!

    When I left for work this morning a made a tiny hole in two of the eggs as I read that this can help if eggs are taking a bit long as it ensures the ducking doesnt suffocate.

    I was too nervous to do them all! One egg was a bit wiggly and i could hear clicking in it and the other had looked as if it was trying to internally pip (and had been the same for two days. When i tapped the end, the beak shot through into the air cell so I am wondering if it was encouraged by the tapping - or am I just being a tad sentimental :)

    I can't wait to go home and see if anything has changed :$

    Good luck with your hatching too - how many have you got in?
     
  6. Daisgirl

    Daisgirl In the Brooder

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    Thank you Phoebe

    I want to get excited about the rest but too nervous to! I will keep you all posted though.

    x
     
  7. stonecoldchey

    stonecoldchey Chirping

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    I hope all goes well with the rest of your eggs.[​IMG]
     
  8. HRHDi

    HRHDi In the Brooder

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    I'm impressed that you can bring yourself to go to work! I'm sure I'd be taking a sick day or burning vacation. I have nothing to offer but crossed fingers for you. I hope all turns out well.
     
  9. Fingers crossed your other babies will hatch out healthy and happy. Keep us updated!
     
  10. Daisgirl

    Daisgirl In the Brooder

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    Thank you all.

    i needed to go to work to make sure my hands werent constantly in the incubator fiddling lol!

    I am hoping to see some sort of progression when I get home [​IMG]

    In an ideal world the little one that pipped the wrong end will only have been exhausted and will be ok - but in my heart I think I know he was gone and will remove him when I get home.

    I hope to have a bit better news tomorrow.

    It has been a massive help being on here with like minded people though. I think my colleagues in work think i am nuts (or maybe just a little bit quackers!)

    xx
     

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