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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:16 pm 
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i just candled 4 eggs. 2 of the eggs are starting to look rotten from the outside, purplish colour through the shell. one egg has a an air bubble and the other one doesnt look like anything is happening. they dont look anything like the pictures ive seen of candled eggs so im not sure what is going on. they are around a week old.

they are muscovy eggs so will the stages take longer and is that why i cant see much developing yet?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:59 pm 
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How long have they been incubating? I wouldn't be too concerned with slight colouring on Muscovy egg shell, even verging into blue . They tend to stain easily particularly under the duck . Smell or obvious dark or brillant staining is a good indication of rotten eggs but again depending on age. Air sack should be there . How good is your light ? are you candling in completely darkened room ?
I have just reread your post and around a week old so a long way to go for 35 days . I would leave them at least until over 2 weeks before you will see much . They should have not gone bad within a week even if not fertile . Put them back for another week or so and think +ve.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:49 pm 
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they were very rotten looking so i cracked them open and confirmed my suspicions. i didnt want them ruining my hatching.

ive got 2 ducks in the same area on nests. separate nests and all but they steal each others eggs when the other gets off. nicely enough they always seem to leave one for the other one :P very polite my ducks. im not concerned because they never lose track of there eggs.

i was only using a torch but i had it underneath my shirt. not completely dark but enough to see inside. absolutely no light was getting through the rotten eggs.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:32 pm 
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recandled today! none of my eggs are going rotten at the moment. 2 definitely have ducklings in them (although one looks much further along then the others so im thinking that one is a random egg layed by my broodies. and the others look like there will be ducks growing in them soon! hooray! im so glad that our contract on the house fell through and now my broodies can hatch my eggs!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:18 pm 
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one egg i can no longer see through so i think it may either be a lot older then the others or going rotten. same with another egg. one egg is definitely growing. it is soooo wonderful to see! and the others were put under the broody later so i think they will have growingness in them soon!


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Sounds good! With the ones you now can't see in I would think they are nearly fully developed so there are no spaces left in the egg. I hope so! All the best with them and let us know how they go.

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oh that is awesome if they are almost ready! im not sure when they started incubation so i have no idea when they will hatch.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:22 pm 
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another update. out of 10 eggs i now have 3 left. unfortunately most went rotten and 2 got cracked and 1 got taken by a crow (which i think was the one with my farthest along ducking in it! stupid crow!) i threw out another egg this arvo as it was rotten and showing signs of explosion! 1 other egg i think is rotten and the other 2 are getting heavier and seem to have a bit of life in them. also when i turned the eggs i felt a slight clunk (is that normal) anyway i put that egg down in a hurry! fingers crossed for 2 bronze ducklings!


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I hope you get some ducklings candijane! That 'clunk' you felt, I have also felt in a chicken egg and it went on the hatch soon after.

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yeah i thought they might hatch soon. it seems like monthsss since my ducks started sitting on them.


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One duckling hatched this morning!! It is SOOOOO ADORABLE!! Brown head and the rest is yellow. I am going out now to check on it and take photos and candle the last remaining egg.


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A gorgeous baby and proud looking mum. Is that the other broody with her?


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yeah. they are really good together. i was a bit concerned they might fight over the baby since there is only one. but there is another egg and one mum decided she wanted the egg and the other one decided she wanted the baby. so it has worked out good.


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That's a lovely photo, Candijane :D Well done all of you!


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