Horrible situation

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Elinjay, May 17, 2018.

  1. Elinjay

    Elinjay Chirping

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    So I'm hatching out muscovy ducks, it's been about 38 days, I set 20 eggs and so far 2 have hatched. A third one started hatching 2 days ago, made a little hole and then hadn't progressed in 2 days. He was peeping and all so I decided to help him out a bit, I found out that his wing was across his face so he couldn't really move. I helped him some more but now it seems that his wing is STUCK to his face!!! To his eye lid to be more precise, I tried seperating them but the eye lid gets pulled and it really doesn't look good so I left him in the incubator, he's trying to move and chirp, he's breathing but he's weak and I really don't know what to do! I've used a damp Qtip and the membrane around him is totally wet and soft so I don't see why he would be stuck. Please please help, I have a feeling he's going to die... My incubator has been at around 70% humidity and 37 degrees Celsius for the past 7 days now, I don't know why they're so late, my temperature was stable and correct throughout the incubation period. Thank you for reading.
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Welcome to BYC! Can you post some pictures?
     
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  3. Elinjay

    Elinjay Chirping

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    His wing has gotten free thankfully but he's still just laying there moving but not being able to get up or open his eyes. He's sleeping now so I prefer not to bother him, but his neck is still in the tight position it was for so long in the egg, it's crooked down and he can't seem to get out of his embryonic position. I'll post some pictures later when I check on him. Thank you for the reply
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Leave it to find its legs..It needs time to dry, sleep and get moving..I hope all goes well..:frow
     
  5. Elinjay

    Elinjay Chirping

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    Thank you so much, I really hope he's just tired and not dying.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I'm thinking tired...Hatching takes a lot of work and they do sleep lots the first couple of days...Best wishes..
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    If you can get to a store, buy some poultry nutri drench. Once he's moving, see if you can get a drop into him. Don't put it directly in his mouth, put it to the side of his beak so it will "wick in".
     
  8. BlueChai

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    I've had a chick try to hatch before and their entire head got stuck to their side and their wings were glued down with dried stickiness. It took a lot of effort, but I was able to get him clean. He slept for a long time after, but he turned out just fine. Hope you have the same happy ending with your duckling.
     
  9. Elinjay

    Elinjay Chirping

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    Thank you so much, you gave me some hope :)
     
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  10. Elinjay

    Elinjay Chirping

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    I live in Belgium so I have no idea what that is but I've read that vitamins can also help them, I'll go to the pharmacy and see what they have. Thank you!
     
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