Hi, I’m new to all of this. I don’t actually raise ducks, my situation is just by chance. I’ve been reading and learning a lot from this site. I have a nesting mallard duck in my flower bed; we live on a creek and it’s only about 70’ to the water. I’ve created a barrier to keep the dogs away from her. I gave her nesting material, I’ve had to fight off two snakes so far, and I give her fresh water in a shallow dish. She laid one egg a day for 9 days and has been sitting for long period of time for about 14 days. Everything I read says they will leave for short period of time to eat and stretch and wet their feathers. That’s been going on pretty consistently. However, this is the second time she’s been gone for for quite a while. About 4 days ago she was gone for 7 hours and then sat for 38 straight. Tonight she has been gone for over 8 hours now. I’m sure her eggs have cooled off even though they are covered. It’s only 69 degrees. Will these eggs survive without her body keeping them the right temperature? I’m just keeping my fingers crossed.