This is her first year and she won't give up on her nest- its been probably 6 weeks. Our other duck gave up and is out and about but this one just won't give up. She flips out if I shut the gate and she can't get to the nest. They aren't going to hatch. I think they were just too old or maybe got frozen but its just not going to happen. I don't know what to do for her. I am scared to take the eggs since we had 2 geese die of shock/grief after their nest was destroyed (raccoon, we did not take their eggs). The way she acts when we try to keep her from them makes me think she will not recover well. Everywhere here is done selling ducklings for the year. Mail hatchery will charge $30ish dollars to send a $5 duckling (while I love my ducks they are not pets so $35+ dollars to keep her happy just isn't going to happen, but I am tempted, very tempted). There is a semi local that does mail that will have some available in 9 days but I can't call them until Monday to see if they will let me come pick one up rather than mail. We're kind of planning on just letting her keep sitting and trying to pick up a couple of day olds from the semi local place in a week. Any other suggestions? We were also thinking of cleaning the nest when she goes out for morning water and replacing with chicken eggs and see what happens. Figured even if she didn't accept the chicks that maybe she would feel her job was done. We have the potential as well to replace with chicken eggs and then add eggs from our other duck once we can determine we're getting new eggs. Until 2 weeks ago we could have gotten some potentially fertilized ducks eggs but we didn't realize she just wasn't going to give up. We have some 2 weekish old ducklings we hatched after a raccoon (stupid raccoons- they come out during the day because everything is locked up at night) got their mama we're gonna try and put her in with them but I think they are just too old. Any ideas that we haven't thought of yet? She is coming out to eat and drink so physically I don't think she is suffering but the eggs are starting to smell and I can't tell if any new ones are being laid. And we're worried about something getting her when we try to lock her out- instead of staying with the others she runs frantically up and down the fence making that broody duck noise and ends up wondering around alone, not good in the country with all the potential predators we have.