Hello everyone, today seems to be hatching day fpr my muscovies, but unfortunately, my only evidence so far is dead ducklings near the nest... What could have caused this? First I suspected the drake. He stood guard at the nest when I came home and I thought that he might lurk for the offspring to show up under their mother and kill them. Then I examined the ducklings and saw that they had wounds at their abdomen that looked like the cut-off umbilical cord of a human baby. I assume that this was the position of the yolk sac and that something went wrong with it. I know that it usually gets absorbed into the body to feed the newly hatched for the next 24 hours, but I also heard that sometimes this fails to happen and kills the duckling. What could have caused this irregularity? Have you ever experienced it? May the whole clutch be affected of this or just part of it? i would be glad to get answers.