Mallards laying...now what???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bettynoodlees, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. bettynoodlees

    bettynoodlees Out Of The Brooder

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    We have
    7 female mallards
    1 male mallard
    1 female pekin
    2 male pekins

    They 'free range' over our large property all day, and have access to 3 creeks and a pond. Luckily they have chosen to lay eggs in their pen... [​IMG]

    Over the past 7-10 days we have found 15 eggs. My daughter brought the first 4 in the house and said she found them burried in the pen, so we got rid of them, and the next day there were 2 more...

    We are now up to 11 eggs, and even though I want to eat them, my mountain man wants to leave them and see if the mallards will sit on them, as he hopes that having little ones will prevent them from flying away this fall.

    I am inclined to think that the mallards won't leave because the pekins cant fly and they are a happy little family (I might just be wishing and dreaming). [​IMG]

    What I was curious about was:

    whether or not mallards are usually good mamas?
    The eggs have a greenish blue tint- is this normal?
    Will one duck sit on all the eggs ( I assume they have been laid by multiple ducks)... take turns? ...fight?
    and how long should I let them accumulate eggs before I give up on a broody mama. (im hoping to avoid rotten eggs... and I dont want to attract snakes)
     
  2. ShuckyDuckyQuackQuack

    ShuckyDuckyQuackQuack Out Of The Brooder

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    Q#1 - Mallards are great mommas and daddies too but it can vary per duck so watch out

    Q#2 YUP normal mallard egg coloration

    Q#3 Take turns and depends on which duck the mallard is paired w/

    Q#4 a week at most but check every few days...
     
  3. bettynoodlees

    bettynoodlees Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!

    I am hoping someone chooses to sit on them, although the pen is not near their daily 'hangouts'.

    is there anything I can do to entice them to sit?
     

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