Can I move a nested duck and her ducklings??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Carrie the Farmgirl, May 28, 2017.

  1. Carrie the Farmgirl

    Carrie the Farmgirl Just Hatched

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    Our duck hen nested under a hedge in our open pasture. Her eggs are starting to hatch today. They are very vulnerable to predators in the current location...especially once the ducklings start making noise! How can I move her and the nest/ babies/ eggs to a safer spot? I have a penned-in area where she and the ducklings can be safe...just not sure the best/ least stressful way to move the nest. So far we have seen two ducklings...many more eggs under her. Thank you!
     
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  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes but make sure they have all hatched if not it could cause problems for the chick that is hatching
     
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  3. Carrie the Farmgirl

    Carrie the Farmgirl Just Hatched

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    Do you think i could just catch her and then scoop up the babies??
     
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    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes but you may need some help I'd get the chicks first then the mama
     
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Catch the Hen first....:th.....Then go get babies....Put them in a secure area and do not interfere till tomorrow..Make sure they have food and water for the Ducklings...I just did this last week...
     
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  6. Carrie the Farmgirl

    Carrie the Farmgirl Just Hatched

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    Do you think I should wait 24 hours until the eggs are done hatching? Or do it now? Before the night?
     
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Wait because nothing will get her...She will be like a crocodile...Believe me....Keep watching for her to leave the nest and then catch her first and then the babies...
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    My once nice Hen is pure Croc over her Ducklings...:lau
    Scares me to death....lol
     
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  9. Carrie the Farmgirl

    Carrie the Farmgirl Just Hatched

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    Thank you, everyone, for your guidance! So far we have 6 babies! I will wait until all eggs have had a chance to hatch, then catch her and move her to the safe location. I am scared to grab her- haha!
     
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  10. Top Rooster

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    Update us if they all hatch
     
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