Should I assist more, or keep waiting?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hunterdan97, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. hunterdan97

    hunterdan97 New Egg

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    I had 3 eggs due March 26th. All 3 externally pipped the night of the 26th. No real activity all day yesterday. On one, a pekin egg, you could see a dark shadow forming out from the pip & the duckling was actively chirping all day. This morning - still no progress - 2 are actively moving & chirping, 1 I candled & the pip is below the air hole...does not appear to be an internal pip or movement at this point. Should I be assisting the 2 and is the 3rd one dead?
     
  2. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone with hatching experience needs to step up and answer!
     
  3. hunterdan97

    hunterdan97 New Egg

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    Update - so given that it had been ~48h since they pipped, I assisted the 2 using the method I read on another post...basically zipped the outer shell for them & moistened the membrane as I went. Did that last night - 1 was fully hatched this morning & is doing very well. The 2nd still wasn't hatched this morning, so before I left for work I removed some more of the outer shell & moistened the membrane again. Husband is at home so hopefully at some point it will get out today...

    The 3rd I have candled, cannot see movement, still no internal pip, & external pip (below the air sac) has not gotten any bigger. Should I leave in the incubator? or better to take out given that I have 3 others that aren't ready to hatch yet.
     
  4. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I had to guess (I've never hatched) I'd say that baby isn't going to hatch. But I hate to give up on them! But if nothing's happening...
     
  5. hunterdan97

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    I know - not sure if I should attempt to help somehow, assume its dead, or leave it be for a bit longer.
     
  6. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd probably assist if I were you. There's nothing to lose at this point if it's not doing anything itself.
     

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