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Abandoned Duck Nest

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Sometimes you may find what appears to be an abandoned duck nest. This is a guide about an abandoned duck nest.
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May 17, 2017

Mama Duck has been sitting on her nest for at least two weeks. We don't know how long before, as we were out of town.

We put out a low bird bath so she has water nearby - we are a few houses from a creek.

She was sitting on her nest last night. This morning we found parts of an egg in the birdbath. A larger broken egg was a few feet away, and another one was a few feet from that in the vinca with the yolk inside. There are several more eggs in her nest that are unbroken, but at least one broken with the yolk inside.

If a predator got to her eggs, will she come back for the others?

Should we just leave them alone?

Is it possible one or more hatched and she already took the babies to the creek?

Thank you!

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May 17, 20170 found this helpful

If a predator got to the eggs, the mother duck will probably not return to the nest. Sorry.

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May 17, 20170 found this helpful

That's what we wondered, just not 100% sure if a predator was there as some eggs looked hatched and some still intact.

Thanks, Judy.

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April 25, 2017

My cat scared a duck nesting in a planter on my deck. She has been sitting on the eggs for over 2 weeks. Will she come back? What should I do if she doesn't? How long should I wait?

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

She will come back to sit on the nest after all the eggs are laid.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

keep your cat inside. it takes 25-29 days to hatch after incubating has begun, so these eggs have 11-15 days left. if you are certain she is not returning (2 or 3 days of no return) contact your state wildlife agency because disturbing the eggs is against the law.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

It appears the duck has already laid all of her eggs if she has been sitting/nesting full time (not just coming and going - still laying eggs) for over 2 weeks as she will not start to incubate until all her eggs are laid.

You do not say what kind of duck you have so I have two sites listed that you can read and decide what to do but no matter what - make sure no animals go near the nest.

http://www.live  com/nesting.html

http://wildlife  duck-information

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

We farm and have chickens and ducks. They usually come back.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

It was a mallard and she had layer all 12 eggs and was sitting on the nest constantly for over 2 weeks. She did not come back overnight or all day so I found a rehaber that had room in her incubator. She let me know that all 12 eggs had live babies. And she is going to let me know if they hatch. Thanks for all the help.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

The duck was a mallard and she had been sitting on her 12 eggs consistently for over 2 weeks. She didn't come back overnight or all day so I found a rehaber that had room in her incubator. She let me know that there were 12 live babies and will let me know if they hatch. Thanks for the help!

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May 2, 2017

A mallard has chosen a very small space in front of our condo to nest for the 2nd year. Last year was perfect and she hatched beautiful ducklings. This year she left her nest yesterday morning at 7, after running and squawking throughout the parking lot, and hasn't returned. It's been over 24 hours. She left her nest uncovered. We used a small rake to cover them with her feathers.
How do we know if she abandoned the nest? and what could we do to help?

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May 2, 20170 found this helpful

Leave it be. They don't start sitting until they lay their last egg. I would give it several days. Don't mess with the eggs, that can prevent her from returning, as she will associate that with a predator in the area.

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May 2, 20170 found this helpful

I would leave it be. It's highly likely she will come back.

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May 2, 20170 found this helpful

Hopefully she will return soon! Or she has just at a different time then when you checked.

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May 3, 20170 found this helpful

Ducks sit on their nest after the last egg has been laid. She may not have finished laying her eggs. Just wait and see.

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April 25, 2017

Our momma duck has been missing for at least 48 hours. We have a nest of 15 eggs. Will they still survive if we get them to a incubator?
Thanks.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

The mother may not have finished laying her eggs. She may come back and lay some more. When she is all finished laying the eggs, she will sit on them.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

She was on the eggs for 7 days, now shes gone

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

Is this a duck that belongs to you and lives in your yard? Did something frighten her? Is this a regular home style duck and not a "wild" duck? i know most people do not think about this as to them - a duck is a duck - but that may not be the case. if the eggs are cold it may be too late to save them.

here are a couple of sites with information on what to do.

https://www.cut  ndoned-duck-eggs

http://wildlife  duck-information

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May 7, 2017

We have a duck nest in our backyard and it seemed like the mama duck started incubating because she was sitting on the nest all day for two days. Unfortunately on the morning of the third day she was no where to be found and there was a broken egg around the nest. It has been almost two full days since we found the egg shells and still no sign of mama duck. What do we do? Can we save the ducklings?

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May 8, 20170 found this helpful

She may not be finished laying eggs. They incubate the eggs when the last one is laid.

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June 10, 2010

About 2 or 3 weeks ago, we noticed a mama duck near our front porch on a nest with 10 eggs under her. She has been there 24/7, except occasionally, probably to get food and water for herself. Not for 2 days we have not seen her. What do we do about the 10 eggs?

By Twyla from Hampton, VA

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June 12, 20100 found this helpful
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Leave them. Ducks do and must get off of their nests a lot. If it's been over 21 days, then likely the eggs are bad and she decided not to hatch them. (They might be bad in fewer days, too - but at least 21 days is needed to hatch). If they were viable and it's not very hot all day and night and she's been gone, likely they've died in the shell. That's the way that nature keeps the duck population from over blooming. I've learned to respect that, and duck eggs must be kept 99 degrees, but not allowed to dry or the babies will die trying to get out.

You should never help them out because the long time (sometimes a day) that it takes them to leave the egg allows all the blood vessels in the inside of the albumin of the egg to slowly dry up. If you try to get them out too soon, and they can bleed to death as their naval will wick the blood out and not dry up like it should and separate naturally from the albumin.

Also, they're closing up the last of the yolk into their bellies at that time and you don't want to open the egg too soon or you risk them getting infected. Let the ducks handle it- they really know their stuff. And hope for babies! Don't have your feelings hurt if they have more babies than survive - again it's how mother nature takes care to keep populations correct, not too many and thus diseased and starving ducks. It's hard to do - ducklings are the cutest creatures on earth!

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June 10, 20100 found this helpful

First, is it cold at night where you live? If it is you might not be able to save the eggs, as they need constant warmth and need to be turned a quarter turn every few hours. If you have a heat lamp, and a very safe way to keep it close enough to the eggs you might be able to get a few to hatch. I would enclose it and secure it before attempting to do so, as is a fire hazard, best thing is to use a egg incubator.

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June 10, 20100 found this helpful

You may also want to contact a local animal shelter, zoo, park ranger's station, etc. if you do not want to have the responsibility of taking care of the soon to be ducklings

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June 11, 20100 found this helpful

My family found the same thing in our hay field once, so we brought them to the house, and placed them in an incubator. And then, lo and behold we had ducklings. We raised them till they were big enough to be on their own and then we took them too a nearby pond/lake and set them free!

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July 27, 20130 found this helpful

Personally, I would take the eggs, but only because I have raised ducklings, and I have an incubator. Make sure there is no way she is coming back, and put them in the incubator. Good Luck!

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