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Newly hatched duckling issues...? Or is this all normal?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Muse, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Muse

    Muse In the Brooder

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    This is my newly hatched duck, we were totally unprepared for him to hatch today! He was the only one that hatched out of 2. He was born with a yolk sac I believe still attached. Also his feet are inverted! We don’t have a heat lamp so he is in the incubator! I mashed peas for him since we don’t have starter feed, I can’t get to the store until my bf gets back and hopefully that will be before 5:30 if not it will have to wait until 7:30 tomorrow morning. We have a damp towel that he is standing on so the sac stays moist. I’m really worried about that and his feet, any advice??
     

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  2. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    I'm not trying to judge you, but you should have been better prepared if you have eggs being set by a broody or in your incubator. You should have had food and a brooder prepared. This was very poor planning on your part.

    Now, let me tag a few of our duckie people, to see if they can recommend anything:

    @WVduckchick @casportpony and toss in @rjohns39 for good luck!
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Get him off of the wet towel. A wet towel could introduce bacteria to his umbilicus.
    duckling_1.png

    Here is one of a duckling that didn't fully absorb.
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  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    Very cute!

    Can you get a picture of the belly? I'd also start looking for a friend for her.
     
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  5. Muse

    Muse In the Brooder

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    Woah! That’s amazing! Thanks for sharing, I will get him off the damp towel. I did read about the splints! Thanks
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Same duckling two days later:
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Try to get there today, that would be best.
     
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  8. Muse

    Muse In the Brooder

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    Oh I tried! But he doesn’t like to be held too much :/ he’s very active and I’m afraid our ducks have stopped laying eggs because it has gotten too cold!! I may have to order some? Ducks are out of season for babies because it’s november.
     
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  9. Muse

    Muse In the Brooder

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    So did the yolk sac absorb? Did he live?
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    You couldn't even see that after about a week, and yes, he lived!
     

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