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Muscovy duck incubating an empty nest

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I have a wild backyard female Muscovy duck I call Girlie who built a nice feathered nest under a bush beneath my front window.  For about a week she came to it a lot and set it up nicely and maintained it, and even sat there a while.  I thought she was laying.

 

For the last week and a half she has been sitting on it full time with a break a day to eat . Males sometimes guard the area and mate with her.  Sometimes several one after another. At times right on the nest where she is sitting!

 

When she leaves I have been checking the nest and there are no eggs.  Once I found a round white rock, and once a snail shell both of which I removed.  

 

So, what's going on here?  Is it normal for a duck to sit on a nest constantly even when it is empty?  Is she hoping to lay some eggs and practicing for that event?  Has she just found a comfortable spot to rest?

 

Here is a photo of Girlie on her nest and one with a male guarding her while she sits (you can see her in the background).

 

 

And here is the empty nest with all its feathers.  It would be a nice place for some eggs to hatch....

 


Edited by Joan6153 - 4/3/15 at 2:35pm
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She probably will la soon. She it just preparing.

5 dogs, 4 cats, 15 chickens, a lot of fish, 4 mandarin ducks, 2 parakeets, and 10 baby quail

 

Don't try to rush yours or our lives living is a gift worth enjoying;)

 

I like anime, animals, food, and my life full of mystery and surprises!

 

 

 

 

sounds a little cheesy.... huh :|

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5 dogs, 4 cats, 15 chickens, a lot of fish, 4 mandarin ducks, 2 parakeets, and 10 baby quail

 

Don't try to rush yours or our lives living is a gift worth enjoying;)

 

I like anime, animals, food, and my life full of mystery and surprises!

 

 

 

 

sounds a little cheesy.... huh :|

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Girlie ended up abandoning her nest a few days ago.  She never laid an egg after 3 weeks of sitting there.  Too bad.  I would have liked to see her babies!

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That weird that she didn't lay.

5 dogs, 4 cats, 15 chickens, a lot of fish, 4 mandarin ducks, 2 parakeets, and 10 baby quail

 

Don't try to rush yours or our lives living is a gift worth enjoying;)

 

I like anime, animals, food, and my life full of mystery and surprises!

 

 

 

 

sounds a little cheesy.... huh :|

Reply

5 dogs, 4 cats, 15 chickens, a lot of fish, 4 mandarin ducks, 2 parakeets, and 10 baby quail

 

Don't try to rush yours or our lives living is a gift worth enjoying;)

 

I like anime, animals, food, and my life full of mystery and surprises!

 

 

 

 

sounds a little cheesy.... huh :|

Reply
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I have a Muscovy duck sitting on her unfertilised eggs for approximately 3  weeks before I removed them because we have no male to fertilise them for her.  She returned straight back to her empty nest & has been sitting there eggless for another 2 weeks.Trouble is she attacks my hand when I go near her & is threatening to my other smaller duck breeds in the pen. I am worried she will attack them if they get in her way. Can anyone advise me how to make her see sense....She is a rescue duck & now she has turned her frustrations on to anything that moves really. Its obvious that she still thinks that she  has her eggs & that they are fertile & contain a new clutch. Help! Not sure of her age.....but have had her for about 2to 3yrs now.

Please advise if you have any answers that are viable....Thanks in anticipation.

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