Posted this in poultry health - thought I might pop it in here as well
Howdy all. Some years ago I incubated some eggs - Pacific black ducks - under a lamp and was successful for one duck who is now a 3 year old drake. Ive recently done it again and was looking for some advice.
I candled last week and 3 were live - moving embryos and good blood vessels. One pipped on Sunday night (11/12) and this morning I helped it hatch. Today (13/12) is 25 days since the day I picked them up, Pacific Blacks are a small breed similar to mallards and take 24-26 days to hatch. I have a sterilized water sprayer I use for humidity and a laser thermometer and Ive kept them at about 36 degrees celsius.
The duckling that hatched this morning is INCREDIBLY lively, peeping and wriggling about on its elbows. Its waste sac was still attached (soon dropped off) and it has a little red lump on its rear end. Is this normal? It seems to strain sometimes like its pushing, Im worried its going to push too hard! I seem to remember the other one doing this years ago and I was very excited when he ate and pooped normally. Ducklings first order of business was to wriggle over and smack the other eggs, Im really hoping to see some action out of them soon. One of them had dark spots like bruises come up on sunday, spread across the shell like a cloud last night and is now going creamy again! Does anyone know what this means? Ive read that dark spots can be a duckling getting ready to pip so I hope thats whats going on.
Any advice would be welcome. I am well aware that a lamp is not suitable for incubating but I have never actually set out to incubate eggs - people bring them to me because I do bird rescue and have raised baby birds that were blind and featherless. I have a 7 yr old pacific black female rescued as a duckling and had hopes that she would breed with the drake but no luck. Im really hoping someone from this clutch will fix this problem!
UPDATE: The duckling is very big, twice the size of the one I raised years ago but obviously same breed. Its very fluffy now and sleeping. I let it nibble a bit of watery food off my hands and figured this will be the proof if it will live or not. No action from the other eggs.