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Mallard Duck Laid Eggs?

Momma duck was sitting on her eggs last night. This morning some of the eggs are missing, some are broken and some are still intact. What might of happened to them? There are only a few shells on the ground so I don't think the other hatched.What kind of predator attacks duck eggs?

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May 26, 20170 found this helpful

The most likely culprit is a raccoon.

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May 26, 20170 found this helpful

Here is their predator list from

articles.extension.org/.../predator-management-for-small-and...

dogs and coyotes
bobcats
house cats
foxes, especially red foxes
raccoons
members of the weasel family, especially least and long-tailed weasels
skunks
opossums
snakes, especially rat snakes
hawks, including red-tailed, red-shouldered, and Coopers hawks

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owls, most commonly great horned owls

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May 30, 20170 found this helpful

Mother duck returned over the weekend with 4 ducklings in tow. It is still a mystery as to what happened to the eggshells that disappeared. Two eggs never hatched so I'm assuming that they were bad eggs. thanks for sharing the list of predators.
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May 27, 20170 found this helpful

This nest must be in an area that is easily accessible to predators and one found her nest.
This is sad but most likely the Momma duck will not return this year. Hopefully she will find a safer place next year.

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May 29, 20170 found this helpful

Could be anything....cat, dog, racoon, snake, wessel, fox, coyote, kids.....

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