Mallard ducks have laid 2 eggs but the female and male both just left them there. What do I do?
Hi, Chris. I believe that the ducks will lay thier eggs one at a time & then when there is about a dozen they will set on them to begin the incubation process, this way they will all hatch at the same time.
I have hand raised mallard chicks a few time, the kids incubated them in school, and then they came to my house. They are great fun, as they will imprint on you, follow you all over the yard, like you are the mama. They would even come down the street with me when I brought the kids to the bus stop in the fall...lol Then in the fall they fly away with the rest of the ducks. I have a female who has been coming back for years to my yard to lay her eggs each spring.
Trish in CT
well we are having the same problem here at our front door. what do we do here?
I have a Mallard nest in just in front of my house. I was in the yard and the male and female came up to the house. The male waited close by while the female made a nest under a small Gardenial bush in some fresh pine straw. There is a lake a couple of blocks away so I was surprised they came all the way to my house. She has left one egg per day and there are now 6. Is there anything I should do to help protect it from predators? So far all eggs look ok. The nest is near the edge of a grass area that is usually cut weekly; should I let the grass grow tall?
I have a Mallard Duck and its mate, a white duck. They have been living on my deck and around my pool (currently there is a tarp and water in it, I have discovered two eggs about 5 feet from each other on the top of the edge of my tarp). The Ducks come and go and I have not seen the female sit on these two separate eggs. What should I do?
A duck has laid at least 6 eggs at the base of a boxwood bush that is elevated in a planter. She didn't appear to be sitting on the nest for the last 2 days, but suddenly this morning she is sitting on the nest. I thought she'd abandoned the nest, but now I realize she wants to all hatch at the same time. Glad I didn't touch any of the eggs!
A mother Mallard laid 9 eggs by our garage, behind a budding bush. She came and went everyday for about 2 weeks. Then, on Monday, she must have frightened a skunk near our trashcan. It must have sprayed very near to her because our house stunk and that area of the garage was potent. She stayed on the eggs 1 more day after that, and I haven't seen her since Tuesday a.m. I called the Audubon Society and they felt that 4-5 days away from the nest wasn't a good sign. I "candled" the eggs to see if the fetuses were moving, and they are! I warmed them up under a lamp for 2 hours and returned them to the nest. She still has not returned. What should I do?
We have the same problem... This site has much info about what to expect.
We found a pair of Mallards in our pool yesterday. Later, after they had flown away, we noticed an egg on the stone just inches from the edge of the pool. It sat there all day and we didn't see them return. Last night we gently moved it away from the edge of the pool and placed on the mulch around a bush (only about 18 inches from where it was originally). This morning the mallards were back but they haven't gone anywhere near the egg. What do you think?
We have a duck nest by our front door also. She had laid 5 eggs and now there is only one in the nest. She has been scared away several times by the family using the front entrance. So I was wondering if ducks will move the eggs to another location? What do I do with the one remaining duck egg ? I have not seen the mother duck in a day nor have I seen a male duck nearby.
i have 2 mallard ducks that have been 1 egg a day for 10 days, the last 2 days she has not layed any more, yet she wont sit on them. I candeled them and they are all alive, what should I do?
I discovered today that a mallard laid 6 eggs yesterday and we are planning to put a fence in tomorrow or the next day. Even if we were not putting in the fence my son, as he did today, scared her away. She has not returned today to sit on the nest or lay any more eggs but has fed on some bird seed at a feeder in our yard. I was wondering if I should move the nest or I am not sure what else. Any recommendations?
We have found a Mallard Duck sitting on Eggs in our Iris Flower Bed. We have provided water and bread, and seldoms leaves. What should we do? We live in a residential neighborhood, and have no idea where the duck came from. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
I would let the grass go tall as long as you can. The mallard will leave sometimes to go get food or be with her mate and that is when you can do a quick mow or weed eat the grass around the nest. However you are going to have to keep your eyes open for when she leaves. She would probably prefer tall grass so she is hidden and it blocks the wind. Best of luck with the ducks!
I was mowing and I came by a duck nest. The duck flew away and now she hasn't came back yet. It's raining and the eggs are not covered. Will she come back?
My friend and I went on a walk yesterday. We saw a duck nest with two eggs in it. There was no mother, just the eggs. Today we went to check on the nest but still no mother. My friend took one of the eggs, he says his parents and him are taking care of it. It is really hot so the eggs are still warm should I take the other and attempt to care for it?
You should put them in a basket or something, and put a heat lamp on them, if its not to late!
What if a hen reject a small duck?
What if the duck have 15 to 20 eggs and the hen cover the nest and we don't see her on the nest?
I'm a hunter and I say to take them give them to your local game warden or wildlife bio. and they know what to do with them.
Last year we noticed a mallard hen come around the front of our home and she ducked under some bushes and later I saw her sitting on a nest full of 14 eggs. I kept an eye on her for the next 28 days or so and only caught her off the nest a few times. She had laid one a day for 14 days and I caught her incubating them. They started hatching at 9 one evening and within 12 hours they all hatched. She took them around the rear of the house to a pond and got them to the water for safety. We are watching to see if she chooses our home again.
My mom and siblings found 9 duck eggs today & my younger sister went and touched the 9 eggs and now the mom didn't come back, I currently have them under a light (where you usually put baby chick's under) and now I don't not know how to care for them...Help!
People mistakenly think that keeping eggs warm is all that must be done for them - not true at all. The duck (or hen if you're talking about chickens) also regularly turns the eggs, and keeps them moist by pulling feathers from her breast so they have contact with her skin.
I have found that a lot of ducks make "lousy" mothers in that they don't want to sit on the nest. That said, even the good mothers will lay a lot of eggs before they finally settle down to incubate them. It's like they're collecting a whole bunch before they are willing to go to the trouble of brooding.
The only semi-reliable way to hatch duck, chicken, quail, or any other eggs is with an incubator. That way the heat is kept even and the humidity can be adjusted as the eggs develop.
One last thing - even a good mother who is brooding her nest of eggs well will take a break for 10-15 minutes a day if the weather is warm. She will stretch her legs for a few minutes and maybe dabble for some bugs or preen herself, wandering off from the nest briefly. That doesn't mean she has abandoned the nest.
Hope this information helps - you need to get these eggs to an incubator or slip them under a broody chicken (at night when she's sleepy and it's dark - seriously! This works! A broody chicken will hatch duck eggs!) or barring that give them to the conservation department or a farmer who has experience with this kind of thing and is willing to help you.
About 6 hours ago, we found 9 duck eggs in front of our house in our flower bed under our bush. When we opened the front door the duck mom left, she did not come back. We are worried. I have a small basket and I've put a soft blanket underneath and we've put all 9 eggs in the basket. I covered them with a tea towel and two soft table cloths. The basket is now in the garage. Our questions:
What do we do now?
How do we take care of the eggs?
Will the mom come back?
Do we put the eggs back?
Please give us some answers, it is urgent.
I would suggest putting the eggs back where they were. The mama may come back to them. Do not leave the blanket or anything with the eggs! If she doesn't come back in the next day or so,put the eggs back in the basket with the blanket. You will need to hang a light of some kind (for warmth) about a foot or so from them.
Also, turn the eggs over at least twice a day.That's what we did when we found our duck dead.We had about 12 eggs in all. All of them hatched out in about two weeks, except for one. We gave them away to our farmer friend. LOL
There is a chance that the mama will come back! Give her a chance first before you do anything else. Good Luck, Kathy
All summer we have found duck eggs buried in the mulch around the trees in our yard, only one at a time. We have left them alone for days without the female returning. We have lived here along the lake for 22 years and never had this happen before. This is the first year we have had no ducklings at all. The neighbors are all in suspense as to what is going on.
The eggs may not be fertile, If they are fertile, she lays them all togther and sits. They lay an egg daily with or without the male, so I would say there is no male so the eggs are just unfertile eggs.
If a predator got the first eggs in nest (8) will mother return to lay more?
I have been feeding two mallard ducks (male and female) for a long time, and my female (named Peepers) just laid eggs. She has six so far, but I'm worried because she only goes to the nest to lay a new egg every night. She and the male (Beepers) still come to me 3 times a day to be fed. Otherwise, they're swimming in a nearby pond. It's getting cold now, and Peepers still doesn't sit on them at all. What should I do?
Not sure about ducks, but turkey eggs can be kept up to 2 weeks before 'setting' and as long as they do not freeze they can be kept in a cool room. So I would just leave Peepers alone. She wants them to hatch at the same time. (08/15/2005)
Mallards hens will lay between 8-12 eggs one a day she will not sit on them untill the last egg is laid this way they all incubate at about the same time smart huh? (09/03/2005)
By duck man.
We found a Mallard duck nest in our front landscaping right outside our front door. I found it by scaring the hen away by accident! She flew away as I was opening the door. As of yesterday morning, there were only 4 eggs. This morning they were all covered up so we couldn't see them. I have learned that mallards will lay 8-12 one day at a time, so my question is, what are we supposed to do when she begins incubating the nest? We can't stop using our front door? I hope she doesn't abandon them, but I'm a little concerned about that happening. Can someone give me some advice please?