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UPDATE--Did anybody experienced such a hatching disaster....

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

  1. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chirping

    Jul 22, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Yesterday evening at about 8:pM I went to turn my ANCONA duck eggs in incubator and because they seem little too hot, i figured I let them cool off a bit, by leaving the cover open. I was thinking to come back and close the cover in a bout 1-2 minutes.

    Then daughter came to visit with grand kids and all the commotion shuttered my memory!
    This morning I went to turn my eggs over and I see the cover open and eggs soooo cold!

    I covered them and hope for the best, but that would take literal miracle for them to hatch.
    I'm devastated and so angry at my self.

    I was turning them for so many days - Start day was March 21 and they were to be due at April 17.
    Only 8 days to go!
    They were developing so nicely!

    Does any of you experienced such disaster and what was the outcome?

    Today is day 28-th
    They are hatching!
    Two already drinking water and the rest is having holes in eggs :)
    What a tough ducklings!


    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012

  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    get them warm slowly and see if they will hatch give an extra day or three to hatch.

    They -might- still hatch, unless your house is 45*f or something.
  3. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chirping

    Jul 22, 2010
    Upstate NY
    You answer did gave me a "ray of sunshine" - Thank you!

    I did slowly bring the temperature up....and the house was not that cold. It is spring after all :)

    I was and constantly am blessed with various miracles; those might be little, meaningless things to others, but so significant me!
    Maybe this time God will grant me the miracle of hatching? Resurrecting my ducklings?
    I will keep you guys post it.
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I've heard of people who had long power outages have their eggs hatch anyway. So keep going.

    Fingers crossed for you.
  5. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chirping

    Jul 22, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Thank you [​IMG] for these comforting answers!
  6. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Songster

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    My thought is, the mama ducks will commonly get up to eat, drink, and take a quick swim while brooding - they aren't covered during that time, so I'm betting that they are going to be just fine!!! :) Keep us posted and we'll want to see pictures!!
  7. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chirping

    Jul 22, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Update is in my First oryginal post.

  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    [​IMG] Hallelujah and YAY!

  9. toadbriar

    toadbriar Songster

    Jan 28, 2010
    central massacheezits
    YAY! They look great!! I have done this too... once for several hours
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Congrats they are adorable little miracles!! [​IMG]

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