Something ate mamma! Can I incubate? (update, pics)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sophie Mae, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Sophie Mae

    Sophie Mae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sooooo MAD. Only one week left to go! this is where she laid her nest.
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    This is what it looked like. Today I went out side to let the chicks out and to check and feed everyone, she was GONE! More than half of the eggs too! Not a shell or a feather in sight! It had to have happened sometime during night! This is right outside my bedroom window. I made a secure place for the ducklings and mamma once they were hatched, thought about moving ahead of time but I was worried she would not take to moving her nest, I wish I would of did it now. I took the remaining eggs and put them in the incubator, I had some in there from last week. My other duck made a nest farther away form the house and came up missing as well. It is worth a try right? They should of hatched on fathers day. It is kinda scary, it must be a coyote, so close to the house? I have five small dogs, they are always yapping at something. I could get up at least 5 times during the night. I did not hear them last night though:(
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  2. Sophie Mae

    Sophie Mae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I let them warm up and candle them later? Look for movement? I candled them the night before last and they looked pretty full, solid with an air sack on the end.
     
  3. cmom

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    Go for it, you have nothing to loose. [​IMG]
     
  4. LuvMyBLR

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    Quote:Although I have no experience with duck eggs, I say it's worth a shot. It's better to try, even if only a few make it, than not to try and they all die. Probably wait a few hours, then candle again. Or just wait to see if they hatch at all. Good luck! [​IMG] I'll be checking in so keep me posted! (And I'm sorry for the loss of your ducks [​IMG] )
     
  5. MiniBeesKnees

    MiniBeesKnees Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have outside (summer) individual pens to keep my breeds separate. The only predators I have problems with is snakes...rat snakes. Big ones, six feet is not unusual. Once in awhile a black snake. I live in a very rural area. Last year I tried relocating the snakes...that didn't work, so now they are killed.

    There is no way I know of to keep snakes out. Anyway a couple weeks ago I know I had six eggs in a nest at night because I planned on gathering them the next AM and putting them in an incubator. In the morning curled in the nest was a happy, well fed snake that had eaten all six eggs. But a full grown hen is way too big for even those big snakes...they eat eggs and chicks with eggs being the preference.

    I've caught snakes in an nest with a broody on it in the process of hatching out chicks...she will get all puffed up and peck at the snake but it largely ignores her. One nest...the only way I knew there was a snake in it buried in the shavings was because of the way the hen was acting.

    When a raccoon, or a dog or a coyote gets to the nest I've always found evidence...feathers, blood, a messed up nest, openings in the wire fence. The only thing that comes and goes without evidence for me is snakes. They are also quiet.

    Just a thought.
     
  6. Sophie Mae

    Sophie Mae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen small garden snakes, I just can not think what would take a duck, and not leave any evidence. I lost one last week to, no feathers or anything left. Is there a big boa here??? If I did candle i would not know what to look for any more. They were all doing great so I will give it a couple of days past the due to hatch date before I give up.[​IMG] Hopefully a couple make it. I have a very lonely daddy duck right now.
     
  7. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hope you have the eggs in the bator now.
    Sounds like maybe a hawk. Hope you find the one that did it and make it good! Good luck with hatch.

    A snake would not take a duck. I'll read the rest of the posts.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2011
  8. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    We had a problem with bear, killed tow doe. He is a good bear now. We installed an Electric fence that has kept the bear, coyote, dogs, raccoon and all else out. The fence charger is a hot one, it can be set up to stop anything that can't fly.
     
  9. Sophie Mae

    Sophie Mae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking of installing an electric fence around the run I have now. I have not been letting them free range on the days that I have to go to work, I work 4 on and four off 3 rd shift. I have to leave the house at 7 pm so it is still day light. I have to count on my son to shut the coop doors:/ not always dependable to do it as soon as they go in. The farmer planted corn in the fields surrounding 3 sides of my house so I am thinking that the tallness off the corn may allow more animals to hide.
     
  10. Mrs.brown

    Mrs.brown Chillin' With My Peeps

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