Mallard with nest near our house was killed...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bilekbp, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. bilekbp

    bilekbp New Egg

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    Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask, but (what we believe was) a female mallard duck made her nest on our property and laid her last egg about two weeks ago. This morning we found her dead on the property (no sign of blood or trauma, no idea what did it) and her nest uncovered. Is there any way to save her eggs, or is it now hopeless? It has been getting down to about 55-50 degrees Fahrenheit here in northern California at night, at about 65-70 degrees in the day.

    Thanks for any help you can provide!
     
  2. animalgirl2010

    animalgirl2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know alot about ducks but I guess you could take them and try and finish hatching them, But if she is wild mallard it may be illegal. Maybe someone else will know. good luck
     
  3. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say do it! I am sure it wasn't a wild mallard, if it was than yes it would be illegal, so no it was a tame one! [​IMG]
     
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    yup it was a tame one you had on youre property , Fire up the bator and pop em in there or if you ahve a broody hen maybe she would sit on them and take care of them for you
     
  5. bearfeet3

    bearfeet3 Out Of The Brooder

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    bearfeet3 Out Of The Brooder

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  7. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard of eggs still being okay and viable even after a temperature drop that is less than optimal for hatching. I would give it a try if I were you. Good luck on hatching your new pet mallard's ducklings![​IMG]
     
  8. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    Remember ducks take an extra week, and the eggs have to be kept moist.

    Good Luck,

    Rufus
     

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