28 days ago TODAY we saw a wild swedish duck lay her final egg and begin sitting on them in our garden. She had 13 of them. We watch her every day and can get within 6 feet of her (we won't get any closer, but she never got scared.) This afternoon we checked on her to see if any of the eggs were hatching yet and she was sitting there. For the last few days the nest had been spread out a bit and instead of them being piled and her sitting on top, she had them all side by side and she couldn't cover them all. Make sense what I am saying? Ok. Well a few hours ago things were fine with her sitting there, and we checked about 4 hours later and the nest was destroyed, only 9 eggs remained, the mom was dead and there's no sign of the other 4 eggs. Most of them were still hot but a few had cooled off to warm. One was a foot away from the nest and was cool. One of the remaining has a peck mark, which leads me to believe seagulls are the culprits. I saw a lot of webbed bird tracks, but no cat tracks. We brought the eggs in and put them under a heat lamp (just a regular light bulb with a metal cone) after we used a hair dryer to warm them up first. They are in a thick fleece lined foam insulated cuddle cup that I had used for my guinea pig years ago. I covered them with a heavy fleece blanket piece that I cut to fit over them and have the heat lamp almost touching them. What else can I do? I feel terrible that they might die. My kids and I have been watching them for a month. They are so close! No peeping sounds can be heard, no movement. I know they are probably doomed, but I wanna at least try. And if they do hatch, what do I do in the first moments and then after that? I am completely unprepared for this!