one late hatch - what now?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Skcup, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Skcup

    Skcup Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    So I had a big hatch of muscovies about 2 weeks ago. I put the straggler eggs in the incubator in case they wanted to hatch and lo and behold, they did! Except the second to last one hatched about 5 days ago and I was able to successfully stick it under the mama duck at night nbd.

    The last egg hatched tonight and I tried to put the baby out but the others are sooo much bigger now and the mama stepped right on the new duckling. I'm worried about leaving it and it will get crushed.

    I know they are supposed to have a buddy but the other ducklings are just about twice its size or more (some a lot more) and I don't know anyone else who has muscovy ducklings.

    Should I try again to give him mama or keep him inside under a brooder lamp for a few days till he gets his bearings?

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