Hey everyone, my muscovy, Charlotte, has just hatched out new babies ( ) But when I discovered her nest for the first time when she became broody, it was in a large pot which no longer had a plant in it, next to the dog bed. I'm pretty worried about the ducklings trying to jump out of the nest and hurting themselves (concrete floor - not exactly in her pen), so I'm planning on taking them out myself when the times right. Question is, when is the right time to take the new babies out of the nest? They've been fluffy ducklings in the nest all today sitting under Charlotte, all looking pretty active. I've had a few problems with Charlotte's mothering skills on her first clutch, but this is her third and I think she's fine. When she jumped off today I also took all the babies out and put them next to the food, water, and Charlotte. Charlotte didn't take much notice of her babies, went for a bath, then was conent to jump back on her empty nest - sitting as though she was still on eggs, you know how they move their chest around to get comfy? After not really noticing her peeping ducklings or my calls I put the babies back in the nest with her. It seems she's missing the 'transitional stage' between eggs and ducklings?? I do know that ducklings stay in the nest til they've all hatched and dry, but they were all fluffy by this morning (its now 6.30pm for me). I've already had to put one duckling back in the nest with charlotte I found on the ground Should I just leave her with her ducklings tomorrow? Or put them all in the pen? I'm not going to be around tomorrow, so remove the nest? Any advice would be appreciated as my main problem is when to safely take the babies out of the nest.