My duckling thats hatching.. is this supposed to happen?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ZoeS95423, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, So I have had this duckling hatching for over 24 hours, and hasnt made any progress at all. Its beak is sticking out, and one of its feet... but the "membrane" or what ever that thing they get shrink wrapped in is covering its face ( loosely) Is browish yellow, is that normal? Are their feet supposed to be up by their head? I feel like thats why it is having problems.... Its been trying to get out, but it really cant do anything... and Idk what to do.
     
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I just read some advice being given to someone who'd rescued some duck eggs - apparently it can take a l o o o o n g time for them to finish coming out. And it doesn't sound to me like the duckling's position is abnormal, based on pics I've seen.

    Let's hope some experienced hatchers weigh in. In the meantime, take a look at this topic. You need to find the posts about how long it takes the babies to actually get out of the shell after they start hatching.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=524418
     
  3. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well its foot was pretty muych wrapped around its necK I peeled atiny bit of the egg away, and then left him to do the rest himself. and now he is out, and just moving in the bator and stuff.
     
  4. cdnley

    cdnley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats exactly how mine was in the egg. He didn't make any progress himself. He was unable to lift his head for several hours after he was born as he was all contorted in the egg. He is just fine now, a bit of a crooked neck, but happy and healthy!
     
  5. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well he is out now. He is peeping and trying to move around, but the leg that was basically rapped around his neck is really idk wierd looking? Kind crooked actually... But he is peeping So I hope its a good sign.
     
  6. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hopefully his leg will look normal once he is unfolded . With quail and chickens etc the late hatchers have a lot of foot issues like curled toes that need splinted. Might not be needed with him (without actually seeing him)
     
  7. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have posted pictures in the incubation section
     
  8. cdnley

    cdnley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My duck had what appeared to be weak legs too. It took her a few days to recover...I gave her electrolytes for a couple days. I would give her a wait and see approach as this sort of delivery can be quite hard on the joints.
     
  9. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I posted pictures in the incubation section... someone said I may need a splint for her... she is peeping though, so I hope thats a sign of strength.
    But she cant lift her head or anything like that, Tomorrow morning when she is dried off I will see how she is doing. When she tries to get up she gets stuck on her back because of her one leg is all messed up.
     

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