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Mother Duck Has Abandoned Her Nest

I noticed this morning that a mallard hen made a nest in my backyard. This afternoon I had a yard service put mulch down. When I got home the duck was gone and the eggs were covered with mulch. I uncovered them and I really hope she'll come back! Do you think she will return? How long will the eggs be OK without her setting on the nest?

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By Monte from Overland Park, KS

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March 24, 20110 found this helpful
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I don't really know, but I suspect she's gone for good. That was a lot of disruption for her nest. I don't think the eggs will survive for very long without her heat.

We went out to eat last night, and they've put a little "river" through this shopping area. When we were leaving, I noticed a goose was sitting very intently behind a large rock/stone. I suspect she was sitting on a nest. Not a very good place to pick, considering how close it was to the parking lot & how busy the area is. We watched her for a little while, and I had to keep reminding my daughter not to try to get close, because I didn't want to scare Mama away. But I fear that others will not be so careful.

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I think you'll just have to keep the area as quiet as possible, and watch & wait. Good luck!

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April 5, 20160 found this helpful
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She won't return. I once disturbed a duck, while she was sitting on her eggs and she never came back, once she knows you've seen the eggs, she won't come back.

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with Mrs. Story, I doubt she'll be back. In cases like this when we notice a nest, it's best to put off any yard work close to the nest and just leave it undisturbed. Maybe next year, she'll come back and you'll have a chance to protect her and see the little ones hatch :-)

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful

You could try to find out how to incubate the eggs yourself or contact a wildlife carer or vet

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful

I agree, please contact your local fish and wildlife office, they may have some ideas. Good luck

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Anonymous
May 3, 20160 found this helpful

You shouldn`t ever touch a birds egg then she Probible won`t come back

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