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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Maxe's mom, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:45 AM.
Baby duck stuck in shell. I removed the outer shell. what do I do now? Baby sounds weak
Are there veins with blood still in them in the membrane? You need to keep the membrane moist if there are still live veins so use olive oil or coconut oil. If all the blood has been absorbed slowly peel the membrane away, checking to see if the yolk has been absorbed. If not you'll have to leave baby upright in a cup still in the egg and wait for that to be absorbed.
ok, what do I do with coconut oil. there is still a little blood in veins
Yea, still a little blood in veins. can't tell about the yolk
Put it on the outside of the membrane, especially if you've peeled a lot of shell off. It will stop it drying out and shrinking which will squeeze baby and prevent it breathing. Keep talking to the little duckling to encourage it to keep going.
ok, To be on safe side, I put the baby in a cup
does it matter what size cup?
Do give it time to finish absorbing everything and it may have the strength to break free itself. Or it may be exhausted so keep an eye on how it's going. If you see it trying to push out take it out of the cup.
As long as the cup is supporting baby it should do its job.
thank you, I will keep you posted
it's out of the shell but has a little string still attached. It has no more blood coming from it. should I detach the string?