I have a two-week-old duckling that I think I'm going to have to euthanize. When would you make that call? He had a hard time hatching--couldn't get the cap off after zipping--and I eventually helped by pushing the cap partway off with a chopstick (without opening the incubator!). He was all the way out a few hours later and I saw that he was crippled--both feet sticking out behind him, unable to get them under him--he had become trapped under the egg carton. I grabbed him out quickly and put him in the brooder for observation. I thought I'd have to euthanize him that first day, but a few hours later he had one leg under him and was pushing himself around the brooder, so I waited. I gave him egg yolk (cooked) and physical therapy. He got a little better each day. I thought he would make it. But he reached a certain point and never got any better. He is about half the size of the other two-week-olds, and has now developed a sore spot in the middle of his back--not sure why--the others don't seem to pick on him at all. His left leg turns inward so that his left foot is often on top of his right foot, making it hard for him to walk. He often turns over on his back and has to struggle to get upright again. Running is very challenging for him and he certainly can't keep up with the others. In the brooder he's fine, because there's not so much space to navigate. He can stand and wobble around the brooder. But outside he simply can't keep up. And he gets exhausted and seems miserable. Here's the thing: He's been so darn cheerful about the whole thing, I think he rather enjoys life. I'm reluctant to end it if he wants it. On the other hand, he has begun to seem a little less content lately--very tired after only a little exercise, and stressed when they're out of the brooder. At what point would you personally decide to euthanize? Or would you wait and let him pass on his own (as I have a feeling he will at some point--I can't imagine this going on indefinitely)? I know some folks would have culled him at birth, and I understand that. He would certainly never have been bred from even if he had eventually turned out to be basically normal. But I don't like to play god. I figure if the creature enjoys its life then who am I to take it away? I don't begrudge him a little extra food and water. But I also believe in death with dignity and don't want to prolong things if it would be better to end them. Opinions?