Ok, I admit, I didn't intend to hatch a duckling. I told my students we were going to hatch chickens and one student brought in a duck egg. I told him it was very unlikely that it would hatch but we could try. Well, I started it 3 days before the chickens and it pipped 1 day after the lot of chicks hatched. Now comes a weekend, I haul the pipped duck egg home in an incubator as well as the tote with 13 baby chicks. Come home Saturday night (now been pipped for 2 days) and nothing had happened. So I decided to take a peek. Sure enough, there is my duckling waving his bill at me. So, I research, find out that I can help a little, I spritz and wait, pick back shell, spritz and wait. 2 hours later, he is mostly out of the shell. (Soooooo, maybe I rushed things, but it was 2 AM and I am pregnant!) Anyways, he is weak...my fault, I shouldn't have rushed him. So, the next day I put a plate in with some boiled egg yolk. I also put in a shallow pan of water (1/8"). I begin to watch him in the incubator (I have adjusted heat and humidity some by now) and he can't walk well, 1 leg sprawls out (I've now figured out it is spradle leg...or am hoping). They say it is because of poor footing, but all of the chicks came out fine, you would think the duckling would too. So, my hubby and I rigged a band-aid splint to help him get corrected, it already looks better! But, as I was getting him out to do the splinting I noticed a liquid bubble on his eye and his eye is closed most of the time. He had liquid on his bill, but I'm not sure if this is from the eye, or if it is seeping too. I made sure to wash well after I was done with him, and I bleached the counter where we worked on him. What could this be? I did some reading and it sounded like a communicable disease....but from where? He has been in there alone. I washed the incubator before he hatched (it was getting smelly). I am afraid to take him to school, don't want to risk getting kiddos sick....but what about me? Salmonella??? Any advice would be great! Thanks!