Caring for a Duck Nest with an Egg?

We found one lone, what we believe to be a mallard egg, in our ornamental grass. Should we do anything?
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May 29, 20170 found this helpful

Leave it be. The mom will sit on it when she is done laying. If you go messing with it or moving it, she will not come back to it.

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May 29, 20170 found this helpful

Leave it alone. The duck will come and go until she lays the final egg. She will then sit on it. If you touch it she will think there is a predator around and will not come back.

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May 30, 20170 found this helpful

It has been there for days with no sign of mom. We recently had roofers here, so I'm afraid they scared her away.

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May 31, 20170 found this helpful

There is not a lot you can do except just wait and see if she returns. Since there is only one egg and she has not returned, she has probably found what she thinks is a safer place. Mallards usually lay one egg a day and only nest when they have between 8-12 eggs.

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Here is a link to information about the mallards:

wildliferehabber.com/.../duck-information

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May 31, 20170 found this helpful

As of this morning, the egg was gone :-(

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June 5, 20170 found this helpful

If the egg was gone then hopefully she found a safer place to build her nest. It is possible she knew a predator was in that area and her nest would not be safe so she did not continue laying her eggs there.
Who knows, maybe she is still close by and you may have the opportunity to see her babies in the coming months.
It is nice that you are concerned so I hope good fortune smiles on you for caring about these little creatures.

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