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Mallard eggs - should I incubate??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Deb Edwards, May 30, 2007.

  1. Deb Edwards

    Deb Edwards In the Brooder

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    My dog ate most of a nest of Mallard eggs. Mamma is nowhere to be found and I am not sure how long she's been off the nest. (my dog just likes the eggs, she didn't eat the mamma) It's warm here, so I think the eggs could still be viable. I want to save them if I can - but don't know how long since they were laid.

    Temp - same as chicken eggs?
    humidicy - same as for chicken eggs?
    egg turner or not?

    Please email me with any suggestions.

    Thanks!
    Deb
     
  2. robbobbin

    robbobbin Songster

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    I don't know if there are rule or regulations in your area concerning wildlife and what to do in these situations, but check out this website for duck incubation info.
    http://www.duckeggs.com/hatching-eggs.html
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

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    I believe mallards are protected under federal laws. I would look into it further.

    Jody
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

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    Check with your local Fish and Game Deptartment. THey will steer y ou in the right direction and find a rehabber near you.
     
  5. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

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    It is almost certainly illegal for you to care for these eggs, even with the best intentions. Finding a wildlife rehabber is the only truly appropriate option given both the fact that they are wild animals, and the fact that you could get a heavy fine for keeping them.

    Incidentally, try not to feel too bad. Mallards will almost always re-lay a nest if one gets eaten. With that in mind, keep the dog on leash next time in that area.

    -MTchick
     
  6. rufus

    rufus Crowing

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    When I was younger, someone gave my mother an electric skillet. She didn't like it, so we put it on low and incubated some duck eggs in it. You have to pad it real good and be real careful when you turn them. They have to be turned more often than chicken eggs. Also, they have to be kept damp. A spray bottle did the trick. And, duck eggs take a week longer than chicken eggs. I think they were Mallards. They grew up and flew the coop.

    Rufus
     
  7. Deb Edwards

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    Thanks everyone. I hadn't thought of the legality of this issue. Will call the appropriate folks and find out what I can/should do legally.

    Deb
     

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