Meet Quasiducko

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jacob Duckman, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Yes, as long as he drinks and eats on his own, he should be okay

    1 vote(s)
  2. Unlikely. He looks too weak and deformed

    0 vote(s)
  1. Jacob Duckman

    Jacob Duckman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2016
    Lehigh Valley
    Quasiducko was extracted from his egg two days after his due date on day 30 after I noticed movement in it during a final candling and decided to intervene. After breaching the air sac, i moistened the amnion sac which had started to dry and carefully peeled it. his yolk cord was wrapped around his leg and neck which is the reason he couldn't pip. He came out looking shockingly deformed (one eye is in the wrong spot and his bill is slightly curved, and he limps.

    I frankly did not expect this ducky-come-lately to make it past an hour or two, but with some care he survived and finally now after 36 hours he's got a huge appetite and is eating and drinking on his own!

    He has difficulties moving around but he gets it done. he does not appear to be hurting and is getting along fine with Brownie, my other successful hatch.

    The parents of these ducklings is a male Rouen and a female crested duck. The hatch rate for this sort of pairing is only about 50%. I started with 7 fertile eggs.

    clip of Quasiducko playing with his sibling Brownie:

    Does anyone have experience with special ducklings? I would love to hear some feedback.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2016
  2. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2015
    Peyton, CO
    Looks like he has spraddle or splay leg. This can sometimes be treated successfully. Here is a link

    It would probably also be good to give them some vitamins in the water. Some plain scrambled egg would give a nice boost of vitamins and minerals too. And of course don't forget the niacin.

    I sure hope he can learn to get around well. Seems like he is in good hands.
  3. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratulations on your successful extrication of your duckling. He is a cutie!

    I had a duckling born with eye problems who is now a big, healthy drake. His story and others' stories of their special needs ducks are here:

    If he has splay/spraddle leg, it's important to address it ASAP for the best chance of correction. This thread has some additional information:

    Best wishes to Quasiducko for a long and healthy life.
  4. Jacob Duckman

    Jacob Duckman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2016
    Lehigh Valley
    thanks for the info im glad theres a way to fix it

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