Move broody duck and her nest?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by latherunner, May 22, 2010.

  1. latherunner

    latherunner Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 11, 2009
    Brighton, CO
    My birds all free range and I had a Khaki Campbell duck go broody a few weeks back and I was never able to find her nest. She would show up every other day or so and get a drink and then disappear again. Well, yesterday she was running back and forth in the yard makin a bunch of noise so I knew something was wrong. I looked in the bushes and found a 3 1/2' rattlesnake and a 4' bull snake right by her nest. These 2 snakes won't be a problem again but I'd like to move her and her nest somewhere safe. We have a lot of coyotes, coons, feral cats, snakes, etc that would love to find her nest and ducklings. She has been missing for a few weeks now so I believe they will be hatching any time. Can I move her and the nest? Is there a better time of day/night to do it? Can I candle the eggs?

  2. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Honestly I think it depends on the duck herself. I've moved my ducks' nests with success, trick was put her in a safe place that I could shut up, she paced for a few minutes by the door but then settled in, my other gal is so easy going she just didn't care that I moved the nest and settled back in immediately LOL


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