Yolk Sac Not Completely Absorbed/Anything To Do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Patchesnposies, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    Our very first ducks eggs are hatching in the incubator. They pipped yesterday and two have made it out just fine. I am being patient (now) and waiting for the others, not opening the bator and sitting on my hands....

    However, day before yesterday when the first one pipped we jumped in when it didn't progress fast enough (for us idiots) and we intervened. Turns out he probably had another day or so to finish absorbing the yolk sac and he would have come out alright all on his own. (duh!)

    The other two have joined him and it looks as if several others will be out before the day is through.

    The one we helped has a small remnant of his yolk sac still hanging. There was quite a lot of it yesterday. We wrapped him in a very wet, loose, paper towel and he lay still and quiet all day yesterday, I really did not think he would make it. But, today he is up and lively, running around the incubator!

    Will this bit resolve itself? Or do we need to do something? I feel responsible for the whole thing! UGH!

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    The little guy should be fine. It should finish obsorbing on it's own. How ever if the little chick is all dry and has been in that bator for more than 24 hours it is time for him to go to a brooder with food and water and HEAT!! I would have to say, I would have done the same thing. I am so impatient!!

    Goodluck with the rest of your hatch!!

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