Something ate mamma! Can I incubate?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' 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.[​IMG]
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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:(
    3 sons, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 3 peking, 4 muscovy, 1 cuckcoo maran roo, 2 barred rocks, 4 silver layced, 12 don't know yet.....
     
  2. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess that if it were a coyote it would be very obvious. Feathers, broken eggs, etc. Any chance she relocated her nest?
     
  3. Sophie Mae

    Sophie Mae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How would she do that? Can a duck carry the eggs? Roll them? Something is getting them, what would do this and leave no clue?
     
  4. navychick

    navychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a newby, but how would a chicken relocate eggs?
     
  5. JoePa

    JoePa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Very carefully - [​IMG]
     
  6. navychick

    navychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote Racoon.
     
  7. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still have a hard time with there being no evidence like feathers or broken eggs. Raccoon or coyote would leave a obvious mess.
     
  8. Sophie Mae

    Sophie Mae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly, what would take a duck, some eggs and not leave something behind? This is the second one I lost! When and if I get more females I will attempt to move them if they continue to build the nest in unsafe places. I have provided them safer areas, was not a fan of the right next to the dog fence but it did last for 4 weeks. Maybe a fox? I dont know
     
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