My duck was born last night at around 1:30 am.... she has an unabsorbed yolk. I've been holding her all day today...she slept most of the day hasn't eaten or drank. The last hour tho she popped her little sack...and since then she keeps acting like shes trying to crawl away from it...I think she might be in pain. I don't want her to suffer. I thought she was going to make it but no yolk absorbed, and shes clearly starting to look uncomfotable. I want to be humane and end her life if shes going to die... but i don't want to end her life if she can make it and i'm really feeling torn on what to do. I'm super attached already and just looking for some good advice. Please if you've been in this situation, what did you do? how did you know when it was time to let them go, and how do you know if they're going to make it? What are the signs your duck is in pain... please help. Thank you.
I could use some good advice..... how do i know if my duck is in pain...
You may be able to set her up in a stable container with a moist paper towel around her . . . not over her head, but around her body.
Edited by Amiga - 3/22/16 at 8:38pm
Ducklings can be very active after hatching... it is difficult to know. But the people I tagged have lots of experience. You may want to PM them.
There is also a hatching forum on BYC - you might try there. Or try posting on the Call Ducks Hatched thread on the Duck Forum.
How is the duckling now? I don't think it's a pain response, just the duckling trying to get it's feet under it and find "mom" to snuggle up with. They are very awkward their first day of life.
Now I'll be honest: It's not usually a good prognoses when they hatch with the yolk sac unabsorbed. They often don't make it. This is more common when the duckling is helped out because it's often done too early. Also, some mistakes were made after it hatched, like it should have been left in the incubator in a cup with extra humidity to help it finish absorbing the yolk sac and try to prevent it from being broken. Nothing to do about that now, but that is one thing you can take away from this experience. Incubation and hatching is definitely a learning experience, which will get better with each difficult case like this. ;)
Anyway, let us know how the duckling is doing. If you can post a picture of the duckling and what is left of the yolk sac, that would also be helpful.
Edited by rockyhranch - 3/23/16 at 5:44am