Ok, I have a weird situation. My broody duck should be about to hatch her ducklings any day now. I'm not positive of the date, because she laid the eggs over a couple of weeks, and I noted that she started sitting more consistently on May 9th/10th, guessing a due date of around June 6th (in 3 more days!) but actually it could happen any time, because she sat on them partially over those initial 2 weeks. So anyway....
I found an egg in her pool yesterday. Submerged, but intact membrane, almost no shell. Pieces of shell around the air cell end, but the rest was just membrane. I assumed she had just laid it. I know it wasn't there the day before. So I took it inside to dispose of it. As I was about to drop it in my kitchen sink garbage disposal, I realized it was kinda dark and heavy. So I candled it, and it was one of the eggs she had been sitting on!!! It was obviously dead, very soaked from laying in the pool, but it looked to be a very developed duckling. I haven't opened it yet. Was debating about it, but I know I will do it this evening. (probably within the plastic bag?)
But why would she have done this? It could not have been easy for her to get it in the pool. Its probably 60 feet away from her nest, plus the sides of the pool are 15" high, they have steps to get in and out. So how did she get it in there, and why?? Anybody have any ideas or thoughts?
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