- Mar 5, 2014
This is only my second year with ducks and my Buff started laying on her eggs around the 28th of June. Soon one of the runners joined her in kind of a nanny role and now they have quite the nest going. It's in a fenced pen (2x4 fencing with chicken wire running 12" up) right NEXT to the fabulous duck house I spent 8 months building. During the day, we keep the gate open and let them all free range, but normally one of the two is sitting at all times. This morning I noticed Mom was out running the yard with all the rest of the ducks and obviously upset. Went to check on the nest and a 6 foot bull snake was on it. It had already devoured quite a few eggs and by the time I got back with a shovel, it had disappeared. I believe a snake would be unable to get into the duck house if the door was shut. Should I try moving the nest into the duck house to help deter the snake?