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Mamma Duck Won't Sit on Eggs Inside an Enclosure

I had a Muscovy duck lay eggs in my front yard about 2 months ago and they got destroyed by a predator (probably a raccoon). So when I saw the nest getting used again and there were 12 eggs in it with the mother sitting on them, I kept an eye on it. Then on about the fourth day, one morning, I noticed that 4 of the eggs had been eaten. Figuring that the predator would return the next night, I built a cage around the area using simple strips of wood and chicken wire. The enclosure was about 4'x4'x4' with a small entrance. I showed the mother where the entrance was and got her in it using food. But she won't sit on her eggs now, it's been 2 days. She is still around looking for food, but won't go in my enclosure unless I trick her in with food. What do I do now? Remove my enclosure? Get an incubator for the eggs? Are the eggs still good if they haven't been sat on in 2 days? Please help.


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February 28, 20190 found this helpful
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You are best served to find a wildlife sanctuary in your area (google your town and wildlife sanctuary and ask for their assistance. We have good services in my town, but I don't know about other places.

They will give you the best and easiest options. Do not touch the eggs until you talk to them as you risk causing harm to them.

Post back what they tell you!! Prayers for the feathered family visitors.

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February 28, 20190 found this helpful

I dont think she is going to use it, at least for this round of eggs. The eggs were disturbed. Maybe you will have better luck next time.

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March 3, 20190 found this helpful

I have been told that Muscovy ducks are great mothers. But honestly that has not been my experience. I took care of some a few years ago for a friend and I found that with both eggs and ducklings that they are very finicky.


If things are not just right they will abandon both unhatched and hatched. Good luck, however.

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