Moving nest and leaving eggs behind

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rossifamily, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. rossifamily

    rossifamily Out Of The Brooder

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    I asked about 4 weeks ago about the amount of eggs my mallard had laid. She was at 20! We discarded about 5, then she laid a few more. I decided to leave them alone and see what she did, She was on and off her nest during the day, we were having pretty warm weather and the coop where her nest is was warm, The last 2 weeks or so she is pretty much on constantly. This afternoon we peeked in and she had moved her nest about a foot, but she left 5 eggs behind. I assumed she thought they were bad, is this normal?(first time duck owner! [​IMG]) I candled the eggs and saw no movement. We have never seen the inside once they had started developing so we cracked them open, one was just a yolk, one was a broken yolk, 2 had started to grow [​IMG] but were still tiny, and the last was plain rotten. I knew it was going to be from the darkness when I candled it,lesson learned!![​IMG] My son ran so fast!!

    Anyway, in case my question got lost in there: Is it normal for momma to move her next and discard bad eggs?


    Thanks!!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think that's within the range of normal, from what I read. She is safe, right? Protected from predators?
     
  3. rockyhranch

    rockyhranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine would move her nest this last month about 6 inches a week o.o and each time she'd discard a couple of eggs.... she was a first time nester and is a super clumsy duck so i just thought that was her own personality.....lolll now i'm not so sure...
     
  4. rossifamily

    rossifamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes she is safe. Thanks for asking. [​IMG]
     
  5. rossifamily

    rossifamily Out Of The Brooder

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    This is mine's first time too! I was worried most of the eggs wouldn't make it They were there almost a month without her sitting on them. I was so excited to see she was actually sitting and some are growing!! Though I have no idea when they will hatch!!
     

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