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Wild mallards are hatching, mom is long gone. What to do?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by schwopefamily, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. schwopefamily

    schwopefamily New Egg

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    A mallard has had a nest right outside our front window for close to a month now. She is back and forth all the time and has done a great job with her 11 eggs.

    Yesterday 2 ducklings hatched all the way out, and were cute as can be. Yesterday evening she was sitting on them, and a third was coming out as well.

    This morning Mom was gone and there was one dead duckling by the nest. I can only assume something got to them? Have not seen Mom all morning. There is the one duckling still helplessly peeping halfway in his shell. There are 2 more pipping through. There are 4 inactive.

    What should I do? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would leave them, and if mom is not back by tonight I would start to look for a wildlife rehabilitator, and put out some game bird feed next to the nest tonight as well
     
  3. ducklinglove

    ducklinglove New Egg

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    do the exact same as the first comment, but remember to protect them. Predators are all around during night hours.[​IMG]
     

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