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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