Shrink wrapped ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by agregg15, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone, I was just wondering how to know if a duckling is becoming "shrink wrapped" during hatching. The membrane isn't stuck to the shell and it's tightly wrapped around the duckling. Is this normal?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't think so if it's white and looks like paper more than likely shrink wrapped. but i don't hatch in a bator so I maybe wrong, trying to remember all I have read. Hope someone else comes along to help you.
     
  3. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! It is white and papery. I hope they make it. The third was dead when I candled it and it looks like it died of suffocation upon further investigation. I'm keeping the humidity up high and spraying them every so often.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Good idea, I know Quacker jack farm was helping you earlier she is one of the best for info I am going to see if i can find her for you.
     
  5. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will do. Thanks :)
     
  6. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like they're shrink wrapped. There's been a lot of that going on lately with my hatching friends. How far along are they in the hatching process? Meaning how did you see inside. And what day are they on?
     
  7. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Miss Lydia, you give me too much credit. lol.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

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    There you are, thank goodness! [​IMG]
     
  9. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    Sounds like shrink wrap, I'm with QJ. Have you made a very small hole in the middle of the round end to peek in and see what the shape of things are?

    If hes wrapped, your gonna have to sterilize something (I keep rubbing alcohol, paper towels, and a litltle plastic bowl near. IF your sure they are totally due today or sooner, make a small hole, look in. if its bright paper white, then baby will have trouble gettin gout. I start with locating the beak with my finger (clean) through a very small open end (big end). once you find beak, if you can, be SURE there is not blood vessils over it. I make a very small hole, and be sure beak is out. If beak is out, the tiny breathing hole will be enough for now.

    Take a pic of what you have, and post it.
     
  10. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They started to break the shell and I noticed that the membrane wasn't attached to the shell. It was also white and papery. I've been spraying them, but they started peeping like they were struggling and in pain. I gently moved away some of the shell and old membrane and they did a little better. I'm still worried because I noticed that they are premature and one has it's eyes open (and most likely imprinted) and whenever I leave starts peeping like mad which makes me feel bad. The yolk is still there and I'm leaving them alone for tonight (other than spraying when they look dry.) I'll probably be up all night checking on them and fretting.
     

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