We found a snake in our duck nest yesterday. It had eaten 6 of the 10 eggs. Mama duck had been going in the house and just sitting next to the nest all this time.
I candled the remaining 4 eggs and they are all alive. They were very dark as they are near term, but I could see a bit of movement in each one.
The problem is that now she will not sit on them.
I have an incubator running for chicken eggs that I started 5 days ago. The eggs are in a turner. Has anyone ever had success in removing eggs from a nest at this point and hatching them in an incubator? The duck eggs are at lockdown age, but the chicken eggs are not. Quite a predicament.
ETA: She scattered the eggs this morning! I gathered them and candled them again... two have pipped internally! Now what?!
Edited by ChesapeakeBorn - 5/14/16 at 10:05am