Duck laid eggs on my garden

Duck laid eggs on my garden

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Neil Finn

Canada

#1 Apr 13, 2007
I live in a fairly residential area. I came out today and looked under one of my baren shrubs that has yet to grow leaves and found a duck. My son went out to feed it some bread and it moved and we saw a pile of eggs under it. My question is there anything we can do to help it along. Is there a specific food I could leave out for it? What do I do when the eggs hatch to get them somewhere safe? We noticed the mother left for about 5 hours yesterday. It is still quite cool with some April frost. Will the eggs be ok? Sorry I know nothing about ducks but my four year old is thouroughly facinated and sits at the window watching.
Duckie house

Saint Helens, UK

#2 Apr 14, 2007
Little tip bread is like fast food for ducks , it is really bad for them, and I would just leave the mother duck to it.
Pam Coleman

Chicago, IL

#3 Apr 26, 2007
Hi Neil,
We have the same question. We found eggs in just the same way as your family under a bush in our front yard. First there was 3 eggs and then a few days later, there were two more eggs. We don't see the mother duck too often and are worried about the eggs. I cannot find anything on line to tell me if this is normal or not. We live in the suburbs of Chicago. If you find out anything, let me know.
Thanks!
Neil Finn wrote:
I live in a fairly residential area. I came out today and looked under one of my baren shrubs that has yet to grow leaves and found a duck. My son went out to feed it some bread and it moved and we saw a pile of eggs under it. My question is there anything we can do to help it along. Is there a specific food I could leave out for it? What do I do when the eggs hatch to get them somewhere safe? We noticed the mother left for about 5 hours yesterday. It is still quite cool with some April frost. Will the eggs be ok? Sorry I know nothing about ducks but my four year old is thouroughly facinated and sits at the window watching.
Pam Coleman

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 27, 2007
Duckie house wrote:
Little tip bread is like fast food for ducks , it is really bad for them, and I would just leave the mother duck to it.
"then what do they eat?"
Mia Guzynski

Chicago, IL

#5 Apr 27, 2007
We live a mile away from water and their are duck eggs in our yard.How will the mother duck teach the ducklings how to swim?
Kathryn Gilbert

Canada

#6 May 7, 2007
Ducks lay eggs around every two days. The duck will not begin to incubate the eggs until all of them have arrived. As long as the duck continues to return to the nest, its fine. Eggs can be left for around a week and still be fine if the duck hasn't begun to incubate. Hope this helps!
Pam Coleman wrote:
Hi Neil,
We have the same question. We found eggs in just the same way as your family under a bush in our front yard. First there was 3 eggs and then a few days later, there were two more eggs. We don't see the mother duck too often and are worried about the eggs. I cannot find anything on line to tell me if this is normal or not. We live in the suburbs of Chicago. If you find out anything, let me know.
Thanks!
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nichol

Highland, MI

#7 May 9, 2007
Pam Coleman wrote:
<quoted text> "then what do they eat?"
they eat crack-corn and veggie... also some local feed store sell special duck food.. hope this helps... my ducks love tomatos
Debbie

Leeds, UK

#8 May 14, 2007
I have 3 ducks that keep coming in my garden, i think the female is going to hatch eggs as she keeps going under some weeds that have grown. she was there with 2 drakes yesterday and has come back today on her own and gone and nested in the same spot. i didnt realise that bread could harm the ducks, i have 2 budgies and i blew the empty shells off the top of their feeders and i noticed the ducks started to eat the shells off the floor.
Pam Coleman

Chicago, IL

#9 May 19, 2007
Flossmoor, IL: Update on the duck in my front yard. At first there were three eggs, then five, then seven and then ten. That was about three weeks ago. Since the duck finally laid all of her eggs, she has been faithfully parked on them for the past three weeks. We're expecting some action here soon. It has been dry in Illinois so hopefully, the duck will find some water to take them to.
Amanda

Seymour, IN

#10 May 20, 2007
There is a duck nest in our flower bed, first there were 5, then 6, and now today there are 7. Once they hatch, it would take them days to walk to a pond around here. My dad suggested putting them in the car and taking them there, but the problem would be getting the mother duck too. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the mother duck in the car? I mean once we grab her we can put her in a box or something but the question is how do we go about picking her up? Or does this sound like a bad idea totally?
Rachael

Penryn, UK

#11 May 24, 2007
I woke up this moring to find that two ducks were in my garden.However, two fighting magpies scared them off. At the time I didnt realise that they had layed an egg. I only found one egg in the middle of the lawn.
The eggs seems a greyish colour and has been there for abour a couple of hours.
What should I do as the mother hasn't come back to the egg???
Will it be ok on its own or do I need to do something for it??
Katherine

Orlando, FL

#12 May 28, 2007
My husband found a very newly hatched duck at work stuck in a drain and brought it home. I found a posting site that may answer all your question and then some. Great reading for anyone interested in ducks.....check it out!
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/farm...
(We've had our little Quackers for about 3 weeks and she is grow heaps! too cute!)
Donna Harvey

Northbrook, IL

#13 May 29, 2007
I have a duck that laid eggs in my garden. I also have 3 stray cats that come by my garden. Is the duck big enough that a cat won't bother her
Squiggle Wiizz Horse Honk

United States

#14 Jun 7, 2007
I just got my 10 mallard ducklings and i was wondering how often i should feed them, oh and is it safe to let them eat crickets and grasshoppers when they are only a couple weeks old??????
Thanks
harley

Flushing, MI

#15 Jun 13, 2007
I was walking in my back yard, and i found some eggs and i thought i should leave them alone for now and then, i came back like a couple weeks later and all were hatched except one. Theres egg shells all over but no sign of the mom. What should i do with it?
Ashley

Center Sandwich, NH

#16 Jun 23, 2007
Hi... Well today i was walking by the town pond and I noticed some eggs (2) by a tree. I took a closer look and saw the one had been eaten. So I saw that there were ducks nearby but all day they wouldn't tend to the egg. Later that evening I came by and i saw another patch but all the ducks were around it. So i took the egg (which smelled because of the rotten goo from the other egg) and now it is in incubation... What else do i need to do?
Kendall

Lexington, SC

#17 Jul 23, 2007
Hey there,
well look,
WHILE I WAS AT THE PARK FEEDING THE DUCKS I SAW A DUCK EGG LIEING ON THE SHORE....SO I PICKED IT UP AND TOOK IT TO THE VETS OFFICE...THEY TOLD ME TO TAKE IT HOME AND SHINE A FLASHLIGHT ON IT AND IF IT IS DULL THEN IT MAY HATCH....WELL IT WAS DULL...AND YESTERDAY MY MOM SAW IT MOVE.....BUT I AM STILL WONDERING WILL IT HATCH?CAN ANYONE HELP ME?
IF SO PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT [email protected]

thank you,
kendall
Kendall

Lexington, SC

#18 Jul 23, 2007
HI ASLEY,
SO FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT HAS NOT HATCHED YET?WELL WRITE ME BACK ON MY E-MAIL
[email protected]

and maybe i can help u a lil bit
MARIA

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Sep 10, 2007
Little tip bread is like fast food for ducks , it is really bad for them, and I would just leave the mother duck to it.
Victoria

AOL

#20 Dec 4, 2007
I have 5 ducks and I have two male ducks and one female and the female has laid 6 eggs so far but at first my husband found one of them in the middle of the hatch and the second one by the water dish all by it self so he took them in and one of them I put it in the box and put the towel and covered it with the flood light on it. Then she laid one more and etc and now we have 5 eggs altogether. So now I am just waiting for it to hatch but I don't know if its alive or not. I took the flashlight and held it up to see if I can see anything or not but all I see is dark spot but it's in the middle of the egg. So it would be helpful if anybody can help me with this question I would really appreciate if you would answer me. My e-mail is [email protected]

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