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Wild mallards are hatching, mom is long gone. What to do?

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A mallard has had a nest right outside our front window for close to a month now.  She is back and forth all the time and has done a great job with her 11 eggs.

 

Yesterday 2 ducklings hatched all the way out, and were cute as can be. Yesterday evening she was sitting on them, and a third was coming out as well.

 

This morning Mom was gone and there was one dead duckling by the nest.  I can only assume something got to them?  Have not seen Mom all morning.  There is the one duckling still helplessly peeping halfway in his shell.  There are 2 more pipping through.  There are 4 inactive.  

 

What should I do?  Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

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I would leave them, and if mom is not back by tonight I would start to look for a wildlife rehabilitator, and put out some game bird feed next to the nest tonight as well

post #3 of 3

do the exact same as the first comment, but remember to protect them. Predators are all around during night hours.:jumpy

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