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The Call Duck Hatch Process 🐣⬇️
It is worth noting that while most ducks can hatch without any difficulties, call ducks are an exception due to their unique breeding. Their short necks and beaks can make it hard to break out of their eggshells, so some people assist them during the process. Here's my method for helping them hatch:
1. Towards the end of the incubation period, I begin by examining the eggs using a process called candling to determine when the duckling is expected to emerge from the air cell. Typically, the embryo has up to 24 hours of air available for respiration following this stage.
2. After 24 hours, I checking the egg to see if the duckling has created a small hole in the eggshell, also known as a pip. If no pip is present, I create a tiny hole adjacent to the beak in the air cell, allowing the duckling to breathe. It is essential to keep this hole small to avoid drying of the membrane in which the embryo is located. The egg is then returned to the incubator for a full day with humidity levels maintained at 65-70%.
3. After 24 hours, I check the egg to see if the duckling has created a pip on their own, but this is rarely the case. Then I candling egg to mark the position of the air cell using a pencil, which will be useful in the next step.
4. To continue, I use tiny tweezers, hydrogen peroxide 3%, q-tips, Vaseline and water. I gradually chip away at the eggshell, expanding the hole a little every 3-4 hours using tweezers. I remove all the shell from the air cell area, excluding where veins are present, being careful not to rupture the membrane or touch a vein. If any bleeding occurs, I apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to a q-tip and apply gentle pressure until the bleeding stops. I keep an eye on the duckling's eyes and make sure the membrane stays moist by applying Vaseline and water as required. If this step is skipped, the membrane can become dry, preventing the duckling from moving independently.
5. Once the air cell area is clear, the duckling becomes more active and the veins disappear. I check the membrane moisture, then let the duckling hatch on its own and I avoid further assistance.
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