Should I turn my bottom pipper?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Emmaxx, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Emmaxx

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    One of my ducklings has pipped towards the floor of the Incubator on the skinny end, should I roll it over so I can keep an eye on membranes? The only reason I knew the pip was there was because it has knocked some little bits of shell off with its pip, but I can't see enough underneath to know if it's okay. The only movement I can see is outside is something fluttering from the fan. It's wiggling but they've all slowed down a bit now so probably unrelated.
    So should I just leave it or roll it slightly so I can observe any worrying signs?
    Also just be nice to know who's about to help if I do roll and see something horrifying :lol:
    Thank you
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    leave the incubator closed and humidity up
     
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  3. Emmaxx

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    That's the plan, at least it was until I started worrying about not being able to see what may be going on under there!
    I have to open it to maintain the high humidity anyway, I could probably roll it with only a crack opened and a lolly stick if it comes to it....
     
  4. chickens really

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    You can move eggs as you want..I do all the time..
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    That depends on ambient humidity and how one's incubator holds moisture.
     
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    Thanks, I think I will just roll it slightly and have a look, no sure it will not just roll straight back to where it is though!
    I've heard peeping which I can't remember or didn't notice ever being able to hear from INSIDE the egg over the noise of the fan before and I would hate to think it was distressed
    Thank you all
     
  7. Emmaxx

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    Sorry for the poor focus, had to zoom it right in so you'd be able to see.
    What do you think? I don't think it's actually gone through the membrane, i could see the bill moving slightly but looked like it was behind the membrane, is it even possible to knock off that much she'll without piercing it? I know they can break through and then slip back in behind it.
    It's white round the edges still, could the darker bit be blood if it's nicked something? Managed to get just the right angle to see in the air cell from shining my light outside and it doesn't look like any part has made it in there.
    I know it's absolutely possible it could hatch from the wrong end without trouble, but do you think it may still yet turn, or will it not bother now it pipped? Will it make a difference as to whether it did get through the membrane or not?
    Sorry for all the questions, but don't worry, I'm in no rush to assist unless I'm told its necessary.
    File doesn't seem to want to upload for some reason, will try to add it separately
     
  8. Emmaxx

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    I just realised it has been at least 10 hours since it made this 'pip', and it appears the chick hasn't moved since. I'm sure this could be normal resting time as much as it could be down to not being able to move but I think maybe I should pierce the membrane :idunno
     
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  10. dfalco

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    I don't know much, so I'm sure others will have great info for you, but I've read on here that ducklings can take days to hatch, and that the worst thing you can do is "help" them.
     
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