Good Morning All,
Well at 29 days, I have four beautiful ducklings. 2 Jumbo Pekins, a Mallard, and a Welsh. I need a little help with the Welsh, but here is the events leading up to my question.
On day 27, a Mallard bill triumphantly pipped through its shell and announced its presence to the world. She then spent most of the day attempting to make that hole bigger instead of unzipping (like every other duck in the world) so we decided to go to bed after realizing this duck was going to take FOREVER.
Not to be outdone, and realizing that they had to hatch to get attention, one of my two Jumbo Pekins pipped and zipped overnight and looked up at us with eyes that said "Look at me, look at me!!!!" . We will call this one Brutus for reasons that will be disclosed shortly.Meanwhile the Mallard was stubbornly refusing to use the zip method to get out and was intent on bursting out the first pip hole. . I considered taking Brutus to the brooder as he was fluffy and dry but I did not want to move him from the incubator because that's what people recommended. This was probably a good decision at first, as Brutus helped the Mallard hatch from his shell, but not like helping a old lady across the street, more like ramming it like a demolition derby car. But, who can argue with results right? So now I have a newborn mallard and a gigantic newborn Pekin. This took most of the day, and right at bed time I noticed that the second Jumbo had pipped. In retrospect I was a bit concerned about two Jumbo's in the incubator but there was no way the second one was going to hatch that night, right?
When I woke up, there was Brutus and Bruiser playing a game of soccer/dodgeball with the rest of the eggs peeping like mad, and having the time of there lives. The mallard was off to the side, and between naps, must have been wondering....what the heck..... Again, I considered removing the two troublemakers from the incubator, but in the words of wisdom from multiple forums "Dont do it, even if they are knocking eggs around, don't do it". So I let this go one for a few hours, but Brutus and Bruiser were having the time of there lives. Although they would nap a bit, they thought the eggs were there personal play toys.
It was about this time I noticed, that I had not noticed, that my Welsh had pipped once or twice and the egg had been mostly opened due to the fanatics of the Pekin twins. Of course I don't know this for sure, but the opening wasnt a zip, it was a break and there was some blood, not a ton, but some. Most of the yolk was absorbed and he still had the umbilical attached.
To conclude a long story, I have moved the twins and the mallard to the brooder and left the Welsh in the Incubator. about 12 hours later he is laying on his side, attempting to stand at times. I am guessing he will be slower than the rest but will eventually build the muscle. He also cannot hold his head up much, if at all. Occasionally I have seen him shudder, but that might be him trying to stand? He opens his eyes at times and peeps.
Here is my plan and I would love critiques and suggestions:
I want to start giving him vitamins as I think he may have wry neck. I have not given him standing water (so he wont drown) but he will take a few drops from a dropper. If this is the correct course of action, I was going to dilute 1/8 TSP poultry vitamins in a gallon of water and feed it via the dropper.
Tomorrow I want to feed him a mash of food, this will be day two after hatching.
Monitor his progress and keep him separate from the bruiser twins until he has gained strength, probably in the incubator.
Here are the troublesome Pekins and the Baby Mallard. - Oh and by the way, guess who lifted up the paper towels and immediately started eating the bedding................Yup! the Pekins
Here is my baby Welsh that is need of assistance.
Edited by revans2003 - 11/23/15 at 7:49am