well, one of my Mandarin females is setting on at least 9 eggs. I saw her pop out of the nest early this am...was glad to see she's ok. I haven't seen her in a week and was worried, but didn't want to upset her by taking pics in the nestbox hole, or opening it up to check on her....not sure when day 1 was. Should I try to candle any of them or just let her go?
I'm just now making sure there aren't any little places a baby Mandarin could get out of the pen thru if/when any would hatch. Think I'll have to get some waterfowl crumbles in about 2 weeks just in case.... and set up the brooder box too in case I need to brood them (those maybe possible ducklings) indoors. I'm hoping to let the mother raise them if any hatch, but there are 3 females, 1 male, and 7 Aussie Spotted ducks in that pen now. Not sure if any of the others would bother ducklings.