Moving With a Pet Nesting Duck

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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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

Once you move the nest she may abandon it. You might want to consider an incubator

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

I suggest you call your local ag college or county home extension office or if you have an aviary nearby, call them. Moving nests and eggs is super tricky and you want to make sure that the eggs have the best outcome.

As I am thinking about this, I think I would start with an aviary...if you don't have one nearby, call the one in my town and ask them to tell you the closest to

Let us know what they say and how it goes! Sending up prayers for the feather family!! Humans too!

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

If you physically touch the eggs, the mother won't return to the nest and care for them. An incubator may be the only way...however, if you wear gloves, pick up and move the entire nest with grassy materials that are surrounding the area of the nest, she might. Just have an incubator ready just in case she doesn't.

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August 9, 20180 found this helpful

Hopefully, the eggs will hatch before you move. Otherwise, the duck who is nesting on the eggs might stop if you move the nest.


If it gets close to the time that you need to move, I'd make an incubator to put the eggs in until they hatch. This will be the only way to save them and let them hatch.

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August 10, 20180 found this helpful

First off I would candle (hold a bright light behind the egg to see if there is a developing duckling in it) the eggs to see if they are fertile and developing. If the eggs are not fertile you wont need to worry.

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