QUICK! Do I need to act??

FenDruadin

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Muscovey hen spotted last two days with babies that look like goslings, but multicolor. At the lake at dusk tonight. She takes off and roosts at opposite side of lake. Babies alone in grass. Do I need to bring them in? They're not mine, but is it normal for her to leave them alone at night? I need quick answer almost dark here. Posting from my phone.
 

bock

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If you'r sure she is leaving them, then I would try.
Maybe she just left them for a little while at their nest.
 

FenDruadin

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Thank you! Actually, I'm not sure she's leaving them. The lake is small, and I know where she is roosting. There doesn't seem to be a nest, and these babies are not feathered at all, but they are pretty big, so maybe this is just the way she does it. The babies did not seem to be distressed at her leaving, although they did follow us for a little while. But then they just settled down in the grass right next to the lake and settled in.

So I think I'm going to leave well enough alone. I could do more harm than good by trying to help them, and I don't need more ducks right now anyway! lol
 

FenDruadin

Crowing
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Jul 30, 2009
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Charlotte, NC Area
Thanks--I'll let y'all know if they're still there in the morning.


I left them alone with my long-standing belief that when it comes to nature, lots more harm than good is done by well-meaning humans who don't understand the situation. Since in this case I don't understand the situation, I decided the best option was to leave well enough alone.

I hope it was the right decision...
 

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