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Abandoned Wild Mallard Nest?

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.

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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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