I have a momma duck who is setting on eggs. Yesterday, I went out to check her nest for bad eggs, and found that she had crushed a few of them. One had a chick in it, and he was still alive! He had pipped anyway, but the shell was missing all the way down one side and the membrane was glued to him. Her toenails had torn part of the membrane at the bottom, and you could see his leg and a little of the yolk sack. I didn't want her to hurt him, or to get any dirt or bacteria in on his yolk sac, so I brought him in and put him in the bator. He was pushing and kicking at the top part of the shell, so I gently peeled it off. There was no blood at all with the membrane or anything when I tested a small spot, so I peeled it off around his head. He kicked his upper body out, so that just his lower half was in the shell. This was about 3:00 yesterday afternoon.
He's been in there since then, and now I think we have a problem. The yolk sac is still out, no much, but its out. Well, I guess technically his vent is still out, because there is no "sac" still out, just the pink part of his vent. Its not bloody or dark or anything anymore either. That's not the problem. The problem is he is a strong little guy, and he's actually trying to crawl around! He's peeping, and when I opened it this morning to make sure it hadn't dried out, he crawled over to the side and was peeping at me and trying to come out into my hand!
Is that yolk sac/vent going to finish going all the way in? It likes very little, and I wish it would go in already! I don't want him to hurt it crawling around in there!
(PS, please don't post any rude or harsh comments about helping with the hatch. To each their own, but people are different.)
Edited by Smartie_Pants - 6/29/09 at 8:28am
- Steve Irwin
- Steve Irwin