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WHY DOES A BABY DUCK DIE IN EGG AFTER ITS PIPPED AND READY

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WHY DOES A BABY DUCK DIE IN EGG AFTER IT'S PIPPED AND READY TO HATCH
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 6 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.
Was this a one time occurrence, or has it happened before?
Thank you!
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE, ITS AS IF THEY RUN OUT OF ENERGY AFTER THEY PIP THE SHELL. WE DO HAVE SOME THAT HATCH AT THE SAME TIME.THEY SEEM TO BE HATCHING 2-3 DAYS LATE. THANK YOU, DIANE
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 6 years ago.
Okay. As you are aware, hatch failure can be caused by incubator problems, both temperature and humidity are crucial to proper incubation. That is one area to look into.
Be sure your thermometer and hydrometer are both accurate.
Unfortunately, many other problems may manifest as failure to hatch. Anything that causes the hatchling to be weak, genetic problems caused by inbreeding, dietary problems and reproductive tract conditions in the mother bird, can all cause shell death to happen.
The most common cause of late hatching is low incubator temperature. High temperatures cause early hatching.
Have you examined the chicks outside the shells? Did you notice anything abnormal?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
HAVE EXAMINED THE CHICKS OUT OF THE EGG, HAVEN'T NOTICED ANY THING ABNORMAL. WILL DOUBLE CHECK ON TEMP. & HUMIDITY THANK YOU
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 6 years ago.
You're most welcome!
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