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Duffnshank
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Nesting mallard hen in front yard
Have a hen that had 10 eggs as of yesterday afternoon, go over today, no eggs or pieces of egg shells. Just feathers (all eggs gone) and hen is still on the pond. Any chance she moved them or chicken snake or fox got the eggs? I figured a fox would leave some trace of shells but not sure. Anyone know if hens will move their eggs?


Ron Cheramie
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
sounds like rat snake


Higgysmalls
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Maybe your neighbor had omelets this morning


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Duffnshank
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
I thought snake at first as well, but why so many feathers around nest that weren’t there yesterday? Will hawk or coon eat shells and all? I’m kind of baffled. She was still on nest this morning.


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snake sneaks up on hen, grabs mouthful of feathers, hen flys off, snake consumes eggs whole...


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deeprig9
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
So, where were you on the night of April 11th?
This post was edited on 4/12 at 4:43 pm


Duffnshank
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
Nice try PETA


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Yote


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LSUCouyon
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
I had the same thing happen last year. One evening a full nest of eggs. Next morning, nada, nothing.
Not even a bunch of feathers. Had to be a snake.
We also have killdeer nesting on the rock bulkhead. Hard to find, only by watching momma.
It is hilarious watching the momma try to lure you away from the nest. She runs off about 15-20 feet then flops, down flapping a wing like she’s hurt. Walk toward her and she jumps up, runs and flops again.
I have also seen a clutch of those eggs disappear with no sign.


Chuker
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
being a baby duck has to be the most hazardous job in the world. Like if you wake up one day and find yourself turned into a baby duck, you are probably going to die soon. There are just so many ways to die from egg to half-grown.

We had a mother hen in a box above the water when 8 out of 10 ducks hatched. They crawled out of the box and dropped to the water but the retard mother stayed and sat on the 2 dud eggs. A few ducklings survived the first night but by the second they were all gone. The mothers sat on those 2 stupid eggs for another 10 days waiting fruitlessly for them to hatch.

Point is, don't fret over a bunch of lost eggs or ducklings, its part of their way of life.


TigerNAtux
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
I am learning this lesson. We just moved here on the water and have many mallards.

The babies just stand no chance. It’s sad.

Mallards aren’t very good mothers.


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ChenierauTigre
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
Crows will peck a hole in the egg so they can grab it and carry it off.


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Got Blaze
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
Set up a game camera and you will find out who stole the eggs. My guess is a rat or chicken snake that robbed the nest. If you have a good friend that hunts, chances are he will let you borrow one of his GC's. Or you could buy one for $34 on Amazon



Nawlens Gator
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard

Gators would wait in the river behind my house under the wood duck boxes for the chicks to drop.



Duffnshank
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
Dayum!


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Jester
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re: Nesting mallard hen in front yard
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We also have killdeer nesting on the rock bulkhead. Hard to find, only by watching momma.


We have one in our hood that built her nest directly next to the walking trail. She stays on the next as you walk past her. I guess she has grown accustomed to the walkers.


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