help!my mallard stop sitting on eggs at 23 days

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mommaD83, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. mommaD83

    mommaD83 New Egg

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    My mallard sat on her fertile eggs for 23 days then 2 days ago stayed out in the yard ALL day.. She has never done that since she started nesting on them.. The most time she left was maybe a half hour.. I candled them when I realized she wasn't sitting on them and there was one egg that must have went bad a week or so ago but the other 7 looked liked they were in their final stages of developnent.. I locked her in with her man and nest yesterday but the eggs are still cold.. I could tell she turned them but why isn't she sitting on them? The outside temp here for the past few days has been 40-50°.. My question is are these eggs going to survive? Why would she do this days before hatching? Thanks in advance..
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By this time the embryos in the eggs would have died. Sometimes/often there is no obvious reason why a hen abandons her nest-possible reason: disease, scared off by predators, change in environment, loud noise, inexperience. Some just are not mother material.
     
  3. mommaD83

    mommaD83 New Egg

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    This is her first time. I was so excited!:(
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since it is her first time there is a good chance she will do better with her next clutch. Whenever I have something like this happens I tell myself, "Maybe next time…", and next time is often much better.
     

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