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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

This technique works great on most eggs. Candling is the way to see inside an egg without disturbing the growing embryo.

Candling - Duck Egg

The easiest egg of ours to view so far is that of a duck. The shells are a bit transparent and the white color helps too.

The egg in the Pic is about to hatch. This duckling has already made an initial crack in the egg. It looks a lot like the damage from a pebble hitting the windshield of a car.

Ducks take their time breaking out of the shell. It is better to let them get all the way out themselves. Once in a while it takes too long and the egg starts to dry out. We have helped them out on occasion, but they do not always survive this way. There is something about the natural process that gets them moving and breathing correctly. Leaving them in the incubator longer to stay extra warm can produce better results.

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