Duckling membrane still attached

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Spooka, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    Hi everyone,

    I have a question about a new duckling, It is eating well and drinking, the problem now is that it's membrane is still attached, it only hatched on Sunday but it's just a dried up little placenta looking thing and the duckling has been picking at it but is unable to remove it! Sorry for the yucky picture, there's food on it because she's just been eating and drinking (we all know what that's like for a duckling!)

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    It looks like it's ... I don't know.. dying? It doesn't smell offensive, just bothers the duck and looks disgusting.. will it come off on its own? I don't want to hurt the little one! She's always picking at it and stepping on it.

    Any advice welcome x
     
  2. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Is it just the umbilical cord or intestine? It looks like its just that umbilical cord? If so just let it dry up and fall off but try and keep it clean or it could possibly cause an infection.

    If its an intestine the most you can do for it is put it down I believe.
     
  3. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    I'm sure it's just umbilical cord, how do I keep it clean? It just drags along behind her :\ she doesn't go outside or anything, just in a little box and on my lap :)
     
  4. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    The only way to keep it clean is to keep her cage clean. Other than that not much
     
  5. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    That's ok then, I clean it twice a day and she's not very messy :) thanks!
     
  6. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    No problem!
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    If she keeps stepping on it, it could yank out and cause severe damage... if it's been a day or 2 since she hatched, you can clip it as clost to the mass furthest from where it's attached to her and that should help... it'll leave a little piece to dry out and fall of, but that chunk needs to be removed so she doesn't injure herself...
     
  8. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    Sounds perfect! Thanks :)
     
  9. Ravynscroft

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    Very welcome...

    From the little bit I could see, she looks like a pretty little 'ling... :)
     
  10. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    Why thank you! I have trimmed the mass and it is much nicer :) shouldn't bother her now! Here some pics <3 she was in my hair this morning!!

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