Newbie everything here.
I've looked everywhere for days and for whatever reason haven't found, or understood the answer to my specific question/scenario.
I have a small flock of 11 Muscovy ducks and 2 mallards, all currently in the same pen while we all survive the country winter.
The female mallard found a private place and has been sitting on a nest with 8 eggs since just before Christmas. I've candled the eggs and from what I can tell we are to expect ducklings soon.
We've raised ducklings before, so I'm not too worried about the process from duckling forward.
What I want to know is....should I move the mom and her nest to a separate space now?
Will moving her mess her up? Should I wait until the ducklings hatch and then move them? Just leave them alone and hope the drakes don't murder the ducklings until they are all born and I can assess the situation? I could simply wrap chicken wire around her nesting spot and provide warmth, food and water for the new family (minus mallard drake daddy, right?)
As much as possible I'd prefer to keep the mom and babies together and am willing to do whatever it takes to support that. We have an ideal duck habitat once it warms up. I would love to know what to do now and soon, given these ducklings are being raised somewhat naturally, without an incubator.
Edited by huckleberrypres - 1/16/16 at 2:08pm