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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bugladyleah, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. bugladyleah

    bugladyleah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    Hey all...this poor little guy! We had a horrible hatch, temps are screwed up on my bator (just bought yet ANOTHER thermometer online today...the Brinsea). Anyway, had to cull one baby due to messed up leg and then this one hatched (I had to help it) and it has NO EYEBALLS! No slits, no lids, no holes, NOTHING. Just a concave area on it's skull where the eyeballs should be covered in down. I was thinking it wasn't going to make it, but lo and behold this morning it was all the way out and trying to walk around in the hatcher. I know that I should probably cull it, but it is such a fighter, I am feeling bad! Ugh...any suggestions? If it is with other ducks, think it will be able to eat, etc?? Obviously it would be an easy pick for predators, but I am hoping to find someone with a soft heart that wants to care for it.

    Lemme know what you guys think!

    Last edited: Apr 7, 2009
  2. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is interesting- do you have pics? I don't know if it would do ok or not because how would it find water?
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I would cull it. The poor thing's quality of life would be terrible.
  4. BlueLagoonRabbitry

    BlueLagoonRabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2009
    Western Iowa
    If he lives let him he will be ok just find someone that will care for him/her very much.
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Someone got a hatchery duck just like it. It did ok for a few weeks but eventually passed away. Apparently it found food and water by listening to the other ducks.

    Is its head shaped funny? If so, I would lean towards cull. If it is JUST blind and doesn't appear to be in pain (and you feel up to it) you might want to give it a chance.
  6. PrisonARNP

    PrisonARNP Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 25, 2008
    Leavenworth, Kansas
    I would not cull the little guy. I bet he adapts and has a great quality of life. In the wild he may be a easy meal for some predator, but I bet he will be your favorite duck if you give him the chance at life.
  7. bugladyleah

    bugladyleah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    I went down to check on it and it's head appears to be smaller than the other ducks, but that may just be because it is missing the eyes. I will try to take some pics (have to get my hubby's camera). I probably will just let it alone and see what happens. I think if it were with at least one other duck it could possibly get by. I dunno...I'll keep you posted.

  8. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    If I lived closer I would take it as a buddy for my new nostril-less duckie. lol

    It is up to you to decide what to do with the little one. People keep blind dogs and cats often, and they give them lots of supportive care. If she is not in pain, and you have the time to make sure she is doing ok, I would let her live. [​IMG]
  9. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Poor little thing, I would give it a chance. Since he never has had sight, he will be able to compensate in other ways, and the other ducks will take care of him too. . .would love to see a picture portfolio of this unfolding as the days and weeks go by.
  10. gervais22

    gervais22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    aww jeeze, i would be so stuck on what to do, but you will know what to do. please lets see some photos

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