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Why won't my mallard hen sit on her eggs the 28 days, she has abandoned her nest?

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Asked at 2011.04.07 02:46:29
I have a 2 yrs old snowy mallard hen and a mallard drake. She laid 11 eggs and was sitting on them, i believe this is called nesting. anyway about 10 days into her nesting she has abandoned her nest. This is the second year she has done this. What is wrong with her. The eggs had formed ducklings in them. this is heartbreaking for me. I so want baby ducklings from this hen.Can anyone tell me what is wrong.
answer montanisemperliberi  Answered at 2011.04.07 02:46:29
Something could be scaring her off the nest. Like a wild creature. I wonder if ducks are difficult to get to hatch eggs. I've heard a lot about people using a chicken to set the eggs. I know my dad did that. The funny part of that is when the ducklings want to go into the water and the hen freaks out because she thinks they don't belong in water. lol

Also, you could get an incubator. We've hatched several batches of chicks in one.

Hope that helps. Good luck.
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