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Moving Duck Eggs

July 9, 2022

I have this black and white duck. She made a nest in the bush near a lake, and laid one egg down in it. She left the egg though and came in to her coop like usual.

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I know she is supposed to lay up to thirteen more or so. Is she supposed to sit on them when there is only one still there or should I incubate it?

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July 15, 20220 found this helpful
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I think your duck is now afraid because of what happened to her previous eggs and will try to find a much more secluded area.
Sometimes you can 'watch' them to try and see where they are headed but they are smart and may just not go to their nest.
Hopefully, you can provide more security for her but most likely you're going to just have to be patient as if you keep hunting you may lead preditors to her nest.

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June 24, 2008

I found 7 duck eggs on the ground. My friends touched them but I did not. The next day I checked on them and they were gone. I was wondering since "What eats duck eggs?"



Shannon from Kamloops, B.C. Canada

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful
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Snakes

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful
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Dogs love eggs of all kinds. So do foxes, possums, racoons, and birds of prey like hawks and owls.

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May 30, 2018

I have a couple of Mallard ducks, they have never left my backyard since we have a big pond. This year she has laid so many eggs, but finally she has made a good nest and she laid 13 eggs, She has been sitting on them for 2 weeks now, but last night 3 were eaten. Normally they will abandon the nest, but she still sitting on her nest, a little frighten.

Should I move the eggs to to a chicken coop? Will she still sit on them after I move them? What is the best I can do, so no more eggs get eaten?

We live in Michigan and have foxes, raccoons, hawks, snapping turtles, and more :(
Thank you.

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May 30, 20181 found this helpful
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Do you have a wildlife rescue or aviary in your area? I would call them and see if they can help. The wildlife rescue in my town is really good and offers solutions to challenges like this. If you can't find it through Google, call your local town officials or even the police NON EMERGENCY number and see if they can get you hooked up with the right place.

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Good luck to you and the eggs!

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August 4, 2015

My duck was thought missing for 3 days, but I found her last night sitting on 16 duck and 2 random chicken eggs. She is in a questionable spot and we have big dogs.

Can I move her and the nest into a sitting box and have her still care for them?

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August 6, 20150 found this helpful
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You need to talk to someone who has experience with raising ducks. Is there a local farmer you could consult, or a government agricultural office that might help?

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Sometimes there are experts at colleges that have vet medicine programs or agricultural programs.

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May 10, 2016

We had a duck lay one egg in our bark at work 2 days ago. The egg was completely exposed to the elements. We hadn't seen the mother duck until today when she came looking for her egg. We assumed she abandoned the egg, so we picked it up with rubber gloves, placed it in a warm towel and laid it in the sun for warmth.

The mother duck returned today, however we have her egg inside. If we place the egg back, will the mother return?

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May 10, 20160 found this helpful

The egg requires higher more consistent temperatures to survive so is certainly dead now.

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May 12, 20160 found this helpful

Not really sure if she'll take the egg back but I did hatch one with a heating pad before. The mother was killed by the neighbors dog & it was the only one left.

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You will have to roll the egg just as the mother would.

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May 12, 20160 found this helpful

Ducks lay "practice eggs" all over the place before they get around to building a nest. I don't know why.

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May 12, 20161 found this helpful

You may return this egg to where you found it, but it may already be dead, depending on what temperature it reached while you had it in the towel or sitting in the sun. A certain level of heat initiates development of the duckling, and then to remove the heat will stop development so that the duckling will die. Incubation is not meant to begin until all the eggs have been laid and the mother is ready to incubate them for the full duration of time... it should not be started and stopped, or attempted with haphazard temperatures.

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With ducks, the eggs are left exposed to the elements until all eggs are laid, and this does not harm them. All birds must lay their full clutch of eggs over several days, leaving the eggs exposed until they have completed their clutch and will then begin incubating. Next time, please leave the eggs where they are laid. Without an incubator set to the proper temperature and humidity, you are doing more harm than good, despite well-meaning intentions.

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August 7, 2018

We have 4 ducks we bought as they where young. 1 has laid 8 eggs and is nesting at this point. We will be moving at the end of the month. Will she still care for the eggs?

We will be taking them with us as we move. They are tame ducks not wild so I wasn't sure if she would still care for them.

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May 5, 2017

A duck has been nesting in the garden, but was scared off the other day. 2 eggs were broken and she left the nest. She has not returned all day and it is wet and cold. They are calling for more rain and cold weather including possible snow tomorrow.

Seeing as it was nearing evening we decided to bring the eggs and nest inside so they would not get too cold. There is no male and she was hurt. Is there any chance she will return and if she does can we put the nest back for her?

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April 28, 2020

There are ducks in my backyard and they come every year, but this year they laid eggs. She laid one yesterday and one today.

But there's no nest and they're scattered everywhere. Did she abandon them? Should I move them?

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April 10, 2020

My duck just laid eggs for the first time. Her nest is not by her house or her area at all, we have owls and cats that can take her eggs. Can I move them without losing any babies?


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April 25, 2017

We have a duck's nest in a bucket on our balcony that is one story up from the ground. Should we move the bucket to ground level and when should we do that?

If we move the bucket before they hatch will the mother duck find them?

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

Don't move it. She may not come back to it if you move it because she will then consider you to be a predator. They only put it where they feel safe.

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Most likely she spotted a predator on the ground, so that is why she went up a story (dog, cat, snake, even mice or rats will eat their egg)

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

I would not move it. The mother may never go back to the next if you move it.

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April 29, 20170 found this helpful

it's illegal to move it-google it and you will see what others have done to baby-proof their balconies for hatchlings

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May 4, 2016

I had several duck eggs laid about two weeks ago, 12 in total. I noticed two days ago one egg was out of the nest about two feet away. Today 4 more seemingly were kicked out again all about two feet away.

One of the eggs the very top was broken off and looked to have some egg yolk left but not much else. I see ducks over there every day. Are these eggs not good or what could have happened?

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May 4, 20160 found this helpful

If the ducks are not sitting on the eggs and/or they have rolled away from the nest, and are cold for even a short time (only a few hours), then the babies are dead.

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Anonymous
December 11, 20160 found this helpful

I have heard of crows stealing and dropping eggs

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April 26, 2019

This morning I found a duck egg on the step of my salt water pool! I wasn't sure what to do with it! I used the skimmer to move it out of the water and put it in the bed closest to where it was. Do you think it is alive still? Also, I need something to keep the ducks from getting in the pool! I have tried everything, but they keep coming back. They are ruining the liner; any suggestions? I love ducks, but can't have them in my pool. They are pooping all around the edge and my dogs are eating it! Yuck!

Please help!

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April 22, 2018

My duck laid 2 eggs on my neighbor's pouch. It has now laid one egg on my balcony. Which I think was because she didn't have a way off of the balcony where I her wanted to lay her egg. What do I do? Which should I move to add to the other?

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May 1, 2017

It is snowing in Minnesota and the temp has gotten down to the 40s most nights for the last week. On Easter we noticed a duck in the bushes by our front yard and 3 eggs under some leaves. We have not seen the duck since then, but today she tried to move her eggs and one is in the grass on the side of the driveway and the other 2 are still in the bushes. What should we do?


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May 2, 20170 found this helpful

She may have purposely left that egg out. Sometimes they know if an egg is bad.

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