Dux eradication specialist
Premium Feather Member
Jul 11, 2014
Orrock township, Minnesota
Good morning Bob. I dunno. No external pips and
I’m kinda worried about this one. The air cell has drawn down on one whole side and no external pips yet.
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Have you opened a peep hole in them?

I would open a hole on the air sac end. Make sure they are not heat wrap shrinking. They will be white and not transparent.

If they are transparent you should see signs of life (if you consider a dux a living creature).

If you see white and cannot see blood vessels and other living tissue, make the hole large enough to insert a q-tip.

Grease up a q-tip with Vaseline or baby oil and gently insert the q-tip and moisten the membrane.

Remember, things are going bad for the little anti-American dux at this point and your in desperation mode and really want these things to hatch (heaven knows why).

If there is a sign of life keep them in the incubator. You will need to check them a couple times a day to make sure they don’t dry out.

With civilized birds I have taken the shells right down to the point the membrane connects to the shell. Not as a first option, but to help moisten them and observe them.

Do not help them out, until they attempt to get out on their own, unless they are breach. Then it’s up to you what to do, help them or not.

please understand you are most likely going to have weak young terrorists on your hands. But at least you give them a chance to grow up and change their mind evil ways.

Good luck


Hatchi Wan Kenobi
Project Manager
Premium Feather Member
Mar 27, 2012
My Coop
My Old Lady Cat had to go to the vet today. She's been sneezing and sniffling. Best guess at this point is she may have a tooth infection that's also messing with her sinuses. She does have dental disease, so that's not a huge surprise.

Poor kitty also had to get bloodwork done, since she's been really finicky about what she wants to eat and has lost more weight, which could be a sign that her methimazole dose for her thyroid disease needs to be adjusted.

But at nearly 21 years old, you expect to have some issues. I'm just happy that they seem to be fixable, still.

Here's BW, whom I've had since I was seven. She was dumped as a kitten at my neighbor's horse barn, and would follow me home every time I visited. Really, she adopted me.


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