I am quite new to ducks, having just incubated duck eggs for the second time (chickens once before as well). I am a second grade teacher and I love to do a hatching project with my students. I am always careful to have a wonderful home waiting for the babies before I get started. The first time I hatched ducks, I had to keep them myself for about three months before they could go to their new home (a long story in itself), and I just fell in love with them. That was two years ago and I still miss them. My new ducklings started hatching almost a week ago. Throughout the incubation, temperature and humidity were very close to target. Out of 10 fertile eggs, one quit about 10 days early, one pipped but died in the egg in just a few hours, and 7 hatched normally. The last one pipped but didn't make any progress for a very long time. A day and a half after the last of the others were all up and running, I could see the last egg was drying out and the little guy was really stuck, so I helped him out. (Probably a big mistake, but I couldn't help myself, as many of you can understand...) He was very weak and I was convinced he wouldn't survive, but after a night alone in the incubator, the next morning he was on his feet yelling to get out! He seemed so happy to join the other ducks in the brooder! That first day he started to drink but wouldn't eat and by the end of the day he was looking very weak. That evening I gave him vitamin/electrolyte water with an eyedropper (thanks to this forum) and the next morning he was stronger and had started eating. (They're getting gamebird starter with 24% protein and vitamin/electrolyte water for the 3rd day now.) It has been up and down all along. Each morning, he looks stronger than the night before, but by the end of the day he seems weak again. He eats only a small fraction of what the others eat and he hasn't grown much. The others are now huge in comparison. I've tried to get him to eat chopped up dandylion leaves in his water, but he doesn't seem to get it. (I think he can see okay...) He walks okay although he moves slowly. Every time he eats and drinks, he sits back on his rump and hesitates like that for quite a while (he looks like a penguin). I have the ducklings at home with me for the weekend, but I'll take them back to school Monday morning. I might leave the little one home with a couple of the others to avoid unnecessary stress on him. (I'm sure he would be miserable all alone.) School will be out in just a few days, and the plan is to take the ducklings to their new home soon. They will be going to a farm with a pond, other ducks, chickens,... They can be in a brooder as long as needed there, but unless the little one is much better by then, I think I'll keep him and a friend or two with me for a while longer. Sorry this is so long. Any advice would be appreciated.