- Jul 7, 2021
We have 2 female ducks. Dawn and Dusk, and one male duck Mambo. Dawn had adopted 2 of dusk's eggs and a chicken egg that we had originally thought was Dawn's until it hatched. The first duckling and the chick hatched fine and are thriving. The last egg we have however, our chickens who live in the same coop got to it. They pecked a hole into the air cell, thankfully not anywhere else. We took to a homestead Facebook group to see what to do as this is our first time hatching eggs. They had said because the membrane was sticking and drying out due to the hole, to assist in an early hatching and take the duckling out. We did that and there was some blood, and the yolk is still protruding by quit a bit. Even after the bleeding had stopped the duckling seemed alive, blinking and breathing and moving its mouth. Our concern is that we don't have an incubator, and are using a heat lamp and a bunch of dampened towels to help this guy out. Along with there still being some blood vessels and the protruding yolk. The duckling has stopped moving and blinking, but I can still feel a heartbeat and breathing. Any advice?