Shell membranes drying out??? Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Callducknut14, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Callducknut14

    Callducknut14 Out Of The Brooder

    51
    0
    39
    Jan 19, 2011
    Seymour,Missouri
    My Call duck eggs have started hatching:) and I am having a big problem with the shell membranes drying out while the ducklings are hatching. I did have the eggs in my incubator but it broke so I put the eggs under my setting Call hen. I have to peel one duckling out of it's egg this morning because the membrane had dried and was sticking to the duckling like glue. [​IMG]I was able to get it off though. I have another duckling hatching right now but it is having a hard time getting out because the membrane is drying. I have been misting it with lukewarm water but is there anything else I can do? Any advice would be wonderful!
     
  2. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

    961
    3
    121
    Mar 2, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    Can you set a warm moist washcloth under them in the nest? It might help momma keep up the moisture
     
  3. Cuqui18

    Cuqui18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    130
    0
    99
    Apr 17, 2011
    Concord, Ma
    before i read the ending to your question i was going to suggest spraying lightly w warm water but i guess youve already been doing that... making sure you dont drown the chik i think that just about it. what is the humidity in the bator?
     
  4. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

    961
    3
    121
    Mar 2, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    the bator died so they placed the eggs under a hen
     
  5. Callducknut14

    Callducknut14 Out Of The Brooder

    51
    0
    39
    Jan 19, 2011
    Seymour,Missouri
    Thanks for your replys! I peeling a little bit of the dried membrane away and put a teeny tiny bit of warm water into the shell.....I think he''ll be hatched by this evening.[​IMG] I'm keeping my fingers crossed though.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by