Help with newborn duckling please!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Antismama, May 24, 2017.

  1. Antismama

    Antismama In the Brooder

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    We have a male Pekin/female Khaki; the female went broody 22 days ago and we just found a newborn duckling kicked (?) out of the duck house and laying next to its shell in the mud. Blood on inside of shell, but otherwise no blood/yolk. Have it gently wrapped in paper towel, laying on a (warm) hot water bottle with space heater and have had a little success feeding it cooked but liquid egg yolk and water. Has longish looking black feathers. Rocky :) can raise its head a little and peep but hasn't been able to stand up or move around. Should it be able to stand up? What can I do to help this little fighter survive?
     
  2. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Crossing the Road

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  3. casportpony

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    Welcome to BYC! Can you post a picture of it?
     
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    Are you certain of the timeframe? 22 days is waaay early... keep it warm and dry... can you post a pic?
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Don't try to force any water or food into it just hatched ducklings don't need to eat for a couple days they live off the yolk sac they absorbed when hatching. Just keep it warm around 90* and out of drafts and hopefully it will pull through. This one must have been incubating longer thasn 22 days to have hatched with yolk sac absorbed and having all it body parts looking normal
     
  6. Antismama

    Antismama In the Brooder

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  8. Antismama

    Antismama In the Brooder

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    Temp is 90 degrees (heat lamp). No poop yet. Anus seemed prominent at first so husband asked at feed store and someone said maybe constipation and we should wipe it every so often - ?
     
  9. casportpony

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    I'm sure the anus is fine, what you're seeing might be the umbilicus, so leave it alone! Can you post a picture of what you're seeing?
     
  10. Antismama

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    Thank you! I agree, timing is weird. Mama duck is still sitting on 9 other eggs with no holes or signs of action (I peeked a few hours ago while she was stretching her wings). Little guy looks a lot better than he did after his rough entry/fall.
     
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