Sooo disappointed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by living2ride, May 9, 2008.

  1. living2ride

    living2ride Songster

    Feb 17, 2008
    I had 8 Golden Cascade duck eggs, and 12 Rouen eggs (for my neighbor) due to hatch today. For some reason they started hatching on day 25. I've had two water wigglers reading 99.5 the whole time and two other thermometers reading air temps of 100-102. All four units measure humidity and its been in the 66-73% range for incubation. When I went to turn the eggs for the last time and up the humidity on day 25, I found pips! So I quickly added more water and a wet washcloth and quit messing with them. Nearly all the ducklings pipped the shells and died. The ones that didn't pip shells I have now checked out and they all managed to pip into the air cell, but then died. Out of 20 eggs that had made it that far, only TWO ducklings managed to hatch (both Rouens), and they seem to be doing great. Of course, those are for my neighbor, so now after 28 days of turning and monitoring and preparing, I am empty handed, or will be tonight when the two survivors go to their new mama. And I am just sick at the thought of all those babies expiring in their shells - the poor dears. Worse, I don't know what the heck happened. I suppose the fact that they didn't have the extra humidity for 3 days ahead of hatch (since they hatched early) wasn't good. Plus I had opened the top too because I didn't know they had begun hatching, so maybe they got too chilled... I'm just sick about it and don't know if I have the willpower to go through this again. [​IMG] I really wanted Golden Cascades and I only want about 3-4, so ordering live ducklings really isn't an option. On a positive note, there WERE two survivors, and look at how darling they are:
  2. I'm sorry about your hatch but that duck is just adorable.
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Sorry about your hatch. When I hatched out duck eggs I kept my humidity at 60% on days 1-24 and then upped it to 75% on days 25-28. But the last ones I hatched all hatched out on day 25 and I have no idea why. Maybe someone who hatches a lot of duck eggs can chime in and give you some more information as to what went wrong.

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