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5 DAY EARLY DUCKLING

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rocki769, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. rocki769

    rocki769 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PLEASE HELP ME ASAP. I have a duckling that started hatching 5 days early and I'm stressing out. He's still in the egg but he's got the shell off the top where the air sack would be. He's also broken though part of the membrane. He hasn't absorbed all of the yolk and there is blood coming out of the egg. I have him wrapped in a warm paper towel under a heat lamp and I keep the remaining part of the membrane moist like most people say. But he's fighting the egg and wants out. I don't know what to do and I don't wanna lose him because he's the only one I have left. His breathing is really slow but he keeps kicking around. He chirps every once and awhile but mostly he's just trying to get out He's having trouble and the membrane is tearing, causing blood to spill out of the egg. Should i help him out? I don't know what to do
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Don't panic! Do this:

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    Cut the corner off a Ziploc bag. Wrap the duckling and egg in a moist paper towel around the shell. Put it in the bag and pull its head through the corner you cut off. Close the bag. This keeps everything moist and keep the yolk from drying out. The duckling can't pull away from the shell and yolk. That duckling in the picture also tried to hatch early and with this method she was fine. I let her out of the bag once she absorbed everything and was good to go.

    Put him back in the incubator if that's what you were hatching in and not under the heat lamp. The incubator is a better environment for this.
     
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  3. rocki769

    rocki769 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much!
     
  4. Pyxis

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    You're welcome! Keep me updated :fl
     
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    So, he's tucked his head in. What should I do??
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @Pyxis just in case you don't see the post..
     
  7. Pyxis

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    If he's tucked in, I'd put him back in the incubator and leave him alone for now, wrapped in the paper towel for moisture. If he pulls his head out and tries to get out again, do the Ziploc bag. If you're worried he'll get out of the egg when you're not looking or not able to watch him, you could try to carefully pull his head out to put him in the bag but that's a delicate process and you would have to be very careful not to damage his membrane and cause bleeding. I've done it before, but I don't like to.


    Edited to add: Get the humidity in the incubator as high as you can to keep everything moist. Try for 70 to 80 percent.
     
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  8. rocki769

    rocki769 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Pyxis I wrapped him in a warm paper towel and I covered everything except for where his bill is. I set him back in the incubator.
     
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    Aim for as high as you can to keep everything nice and moist. I'd go for at least 70%.
     
  10. rocki769

    rocki769 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I'll check in with you in about 30 minutes to tell you how he's doing. Gosh, I hope he makes it. I have a 6 year old sister who I promised could have this baby and now I don't know if he's even gonna make it. I hope she doesn't have to see her little pet die :( but he's in the incubator and he's wrapped up in a warm towel. I added water so the humidity should be going up. Keeping my fingers crossed @Pyxis
     

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