Baby duck didn’t absorb yolk

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mysticalsys, May 20, 2019.

  1. Mysticalsys

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    I had a duck hatch out this morning all on its own but it didn’t absorb the yolk all the way. Has anyone had this happen before?
     

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  2. Cayuga ducks

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    Sorry but can you get a better picture can’t really tell? I’m no expert but As long as you give it some water and food it should be okay
     
  3. Mysticalsys

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    Is this one a bit better?
     

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  4. Cayuga ducks

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    It’s so hard to tell is that stuff hanging off it’s chest or something?
     
  5. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Crowing

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    If you haven't already put the little one in a cup, doing so can help facilitate absorption of remaining yolk and prevent accidental damage to it by keeping the duckling stationary - this thread may be helpful. With time and rest, I find that any remaining yolk or incompletely closed navels will resolve, but I also put a dab of Neosporin (without pain reliever) on the navel to ward off infection.

    Best wishes for your duckling!
     
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  6. Jensbetty

    Jensbetty Chirping

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    I’ve had this happen a few times I’ve done the cup as stated above and I’ve had some survive and others that pass away hope you have a happy outcome x
     
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  7. bon93

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    E8EAB9C9-31AC-473D-9ABD-EC966B9EDC2D.jpeg E6B9EDCC-C163-4F0C-B3D6-C2CCF780DB54.jpeg My first hatch this happened as well. I would put them in a small bowl or container and lined it with moist paper towels and place the duckling on it and put him back in the incubator until it’s absorbed. It does help them absorb the yolk sac. Also helps to keep bacteria and other things off of it while they are trying to absorb it. And if the duckling is moving around with it then I would keep him in the incubator till it absorbs just to prevent the sac from being ruptured. It also depends on how strong the duckling is. I had one die a hour after hatching because his yolk sac was still attached and he wasn’t strong enough. My second one was strong enough and absorbed it and now is doing great. Best of luck to you and the duckling! Hope this helps or helps with future hatches!
     
  8. Mysticalsys

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    It didn’t make it but thanks for the information.
     
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  9. Fairyloop5

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    I’m sorry it died
     
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  10. bon93

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    I’m sorry it passed away and you are welcome.
     

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