Thanks to those of you who are taking the time to help me out with this. I have a duckling in the incubator whose egg was "crushed" just a couple of days from his hatching. I wasn't there when it happened but hubby rescued him. Anyway, he's made very good progress.....yolk sac is absorbed.....umbilical chord detached from shell......However, he has this large piece that is dried still attached. It has shrunk some since last night. I don't know what to make of it and there is a terrible smell in the incubator that I haven't had w/ other ducklings and chicks that have had to go into the incubator due to a still present yolk sac.
Is this yolk sac remnant or is it intestines that are "herniated"? He seems fine on all other counts but isn't eating yet--I don't expect him to take much of an interest in eating for another day or so maybe.
What do you think? The pictures are blurry--sorry but it's enough where you can see what I'm concerned about.
Thanks again, Julia--Bride of Kwyjibo
PS I can take better pictures if you need.