Please excuse me if I sound completely clueless... am learning as I go along with these guys. Our flock is a rescue flock and we started with 11 and are now at 23 and have another 9 potentials on the way! The ducks live at the stables where I keep my horse and if it carries on like this we will be overrun and the management might lose the plot! They are however fantastic at keeping the fly population under control so that may be their saving grace but not if the numbers get completely out of control.
I had been keeping an eye out and had also asked the grooms (they live on site and are there all the time) to remove any eggs as soon as they find them but last week I was informed of a nest and told that there is perhaps only 10 days left now until they will be hatching. In a perfect world I would remove these eggs as we don't want or need anymore babies. I am still trying to find homes for the last 15 that were born in March... BUT... they are two thirds of the way through development and I don't want to be responsible for killing them. I'm worried that if I just took the eggs and put them in the bin they would continue to incubate due to the temperature here in Dubai. And I can't face cracking open the eggs to destroy them as I have no idea how developed they are at this stage and what I would encounter. I feel like I just have to let the mum see it through now that she is so far along with them. Is this the case do you think?
Also, I searched the internet and as I understand it castration/sterilization isn't really an option for these guys, am I right? Our stable has so many nooks and crannies to hide in that I'm worried about missing future nests until its too late again. Seriously, these guys are at it like rabbits!!