Newly hatched duck can't hold it's head up??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ritzzy, May 18, 2010.

  1. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little duckling was just born, and he needed some help because he was in a weird position. Well, now that he's hatched, he can't hold his head up, and it's kind of tilted to the side. Is this normal? I didn't get to see my other ducklings be born so I don't know. [​IMG]
    I just don't want something to be wrong with his neck..... [​IMG]
     
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How newly hatched is he? It can take an hour or so before they start seeming coordinated. They are EXTREMELY floppy and weird looking when they first hatch. If you had to help him out, it will take him longer to gain his strength and start acting normal. I wouldn't worry until it's been a few hours. Good luck to him!
     
  3. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's all fluffed up, and definitely has a bad neck. My guess is that he was in the egg too long so it made him "deformed" in a way. His neck is a little out of balance and leans to the side. Anything I can do for him??? Neck brace, or something?
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wry neck, maybe? I've never had that happen, so I don't know. I hope someone answers soon for you... Sorry!
     
  5. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks.... anybody had this before??
     

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