Mallard Duck Laying Eggs- advice please

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Trimpkey, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Trimpkey

    Trimpkey Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a young mallard duck pair. The female has laid 4 eggs in the past 4 days. We have had weird weather with some warm days but cold temps again this week. It is still winter! Each time I've touched the egg in the nest it has been freezing cold and I've never seen her near the nesting box. If I leave the eggs there will she sit on them? Or should I just keep removing the eggs? (We will eat them). I don't want to leave the eggs there for them to go bad. I would like her to hatch ducklings but would prefer the weather to be warmer.
    Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Spyderk117

    Spyderk117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would take the eggs and wait for spring to come. I am doing the same thing with my Mallards.
     
  3. Trimpkey

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    Thank you. These are the first eggs she's ever laid so I wasn't sure.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yep, take them.....even though she lays eggs it does not mean she will ever set them to hatch.....Spring time will be the best time to see if she wants to set them....

    Cheers!
     

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