Originally Posted by Xmasbaby75
I have an update! Well, as the hours ticked by we realized we were going to have to intervene as much as we did not want to. The poor little guy was really stuck, and was ready to come out - no blood, the yolk was all absorbed, and he was drying out fast. The membrane became very dry and actually kind of glued itself to the duck's back. We were able to get most of it off, but he actually has a couple of bald spots were it was stuck - no pin feathers grew there. We were very careful. He is still okay, but after about 12 hours, he still looks a little wet, where as the other ones fluffed up fully in that amount of time. So, two ducklings are in the brooder, and two more in the incubator drying off. So far, there's no other signs of hatching on any of the other eggs, but we are still watching them.
Maybe try giving a warm bath to the one that hasn't dried yet? I had a duckling like that in the last batch I hatched. The membrane hardened on her side and wing and face. After sitting in the brooder for about 14 hours, it was clear she wasn't going to fluff up on her own. And I noticed that the hardened membrane on her face was preventing her from closing her outer eyelid! She could only close the inner one. She would fall asleep with her eyes open. It was kind of creepy and very worrisome.
So I was forced to give her her first bath very early. I filled the bathroom sink about an inch with warm water and made sure she got all good and soaked completely. And I gently used q-tips to get the rest of the membrane off of her. Rubbing them carefully around her eyes was the hardest part because she was so squirmy. After about 15 minutes, I wrapped her up in a towel, and in about an hour she was as fluffy as could be, and could close her eyes and sleep normally.
Here she is before her bath. Note: she is completely dry, but not fluffy due to the hardened membrane
Here she is about and hour after her bath. She has a boot on because she had curled toe pretty badly as well
And here she is a couple day as later all healthy as can be