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Mallard Duck Left Nest

A duck built a nest in the bush by my front door. I had someone come over and aerate my lawn. The machine was loud, and scared the duck away. I just found out 10 minutes prior that the duck was in the bush. My intention was not to have her scared from her eggs, will she return?

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I hope so.

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April 17, 20170 found this helpful

She probably will. The noise isn't bound to come back and she is probably nearby. Keep us updated.

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April 17, 20170 found this helpful

From a cooperative extension website:

The incubation length on duck eggs is 28 days. At times, ducks will abandon their nests to re-nest in other areas. Other predators will feed on the eggs, so fox & other birds may have already cleaned out the nest. The eggs could be under the mulch, and can survive for 12 hours or more until she returns. I suggest you wait and see what happens.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

Most likely she will come back--our farm equipment scares them and they come back. Keep us posted. (same with geese)

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