Hey everyone, new here. We had a large group of Muscovy ducks move into our neighborhood about 18 months ago. Several of us over a two block area kind of watch out for these little guys, as there are no ponds and people are generally rude while driving and mean to these animals as they are messy.
Lately all the ducks are gone, I assume animal control has relocated them. The only two left were two females who were sitting on their nests. We have done our best to watch over these animals, but predators, cars, etc have wreaked havoc. One of them had her babies and they were slaughtered by a predator, so she has left. The other had about 12 or 13 eggs she was sitting on. I have found 3 eggs broken in the yard, but the rest seemed to be in tact and she sits on them all the time. I make sure she has clean water.
I noticed yesterday that she was not sitting on the eggs, during the day or at night or this morning. I went to see if there were any eggs in the nest and it was totally empty. I don't see any evidence that they hatched or were attacked as there are no broken pieces anywhere.
Is it possible that she could have moved them to a safer place? We have had something attacking babies and eggs for a while, could she have just found a better place?