Should I help my baby hatch?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by luvmydux, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. luvmydux

    luvmydux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a runner duck egg that has a hole in it. This is my first time ever!! It cracked sometime yesterday afternoon and still hasnt hatched. What should I do - I looked at the egg and there is a little moving duckie in there [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
  2. animalpro24

    animalpro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never hatched my own ducks but from what I hear from other hatchers they say leave it there for 24 or 48 hours. If it's not out by then then you might want to help it. But wait until the pros tell you what to do.
     
  3. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Whats your humidity at for the hatching.
     
  4. luvmydux

    luvmydux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a concern too......its at 64ish. Should it be higher?
     
  5. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    It needs to be up at 80% is there an air vent you can add water thru to get it up.
     
  6. tgperg

    tgperg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched some last week. They all took a while from internal pip to out of the shell. I did have to help one, but I didn't do anything until it was about 60 hours after internal pip and the peeping was getting noticably weaker. Keep the humidity up, like someone else said. I had mine at 80 - 85%.

    Traci
     
  7. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    The thing is, if the humidity stays low, the membraine on the inside can dry out, shrink wrapping the chick inside. I give eggs 30 hours after pipping, if they haven't gotten out by then I'll assist if he seems in distress. (I live in a desert, the normal air humidity is ~ 20%, way too low for an egg).
     
  8. luvmydux

    luvmydux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm..... I cant get humidity higher than 73. If I add more water, my eggs will be in water. We are at 36 hours at least, no progress. I have a busy day today but will come check on him throughout. I am going to wait and let him be (although I am thinking help may be a good idea) because I have never done this before and I would hate to do it wrong. They are technically not due to hatch until tomorrow so I hope its not a bad idea to let it be but that is what my gut is telling me to do. Any other insight would be appreciated.
     
  9. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try wetting a couple rags with warm water and slipping them in the incubator. My ducks hatched out at around 85% humidity. I had to put washcloths in to achieve that high of humidity.



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