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   Posted 7/2/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a mama duck who laid eggs right outside my back door, under some holly bushes.  For the first week, I saw the eggs but no duck.  Then she appeared.  She has been sitting on them ever since and it has to be at least a month.  I checked the Internet and it says the gestation period is 28 days.  Then it said that if she continues to sit there, to check the eggs under a light and see if they are empty or fertile, as ducks will sit on golf balls, tennis balls etc. If they aren't, then remove them.  The problem is, I have been checking at all times of the day, and even after dark and she is always there!  For any of you that know anything about nature...if they are not fertile, she will not sit there and die, will she???  I haven't been able to let my dogs out in the back yard for all this time...but I love animals and it kills me to see her sitting there...have know idea if she is eating or drinking.  Her 'husband' hangs around occasionally, but he isn't bringing her 'take out'...
Should I shoo her away and look...or won't she ever come back if I do that?
No physical owie here but mentally?  It would upset me if I went out there one day and she was a goner.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
She'll be fine, really.  She will figure out her eggs aren't good (if that is indeed the case) and carry on.  I work for a state department of natural resources, so I know just a little!  In fact, the nuisance goose population here at the office has gotten so bad that our biologists regularly "treat" (spray with Pam) eggs in the nests every spring.  Some nests are allowed to reproduce, while others are preyed on naturally (raccoons, snapping turtles, foxes, etc.).  The eggs are "treated," rather than removed, because otherwise the geese would keep laying eggs.  But I can honestly say we've never lost a mama goose just because her eggs didn't hatch.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Donna, I feel for you!! It would drive me crazy too, not knowing.
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   Posted 7/2/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Donna....I feel your pain, I really do! We had a possum in our tool shed just a few weeks ago and I couldn't bear to have someone come out to trap her because the law states that once trapped they must euthanize. We live five miles from the forest preserve, I just wanted someone to move her there and they refused to do it. Then my husband goes out and finds out she has babies! I really stressed over this. God day, she and the babies up and left! Thankfully, my husband found the area where she entered and boarded it up! Live and let live is my motto...just go live somewhere else, in someone else's backyard! Like you, I have dogs and am so afraid they will attack whatever is there...
I hope things work out real soon,

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   Posted 7/2/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Here in Florida, they can trap and release back into the wild.  I had an opossum family living in my attic...a male, female, and four babies.  It cost me $600 to trap them and have them released in a different area.  Costly but I have a clear conscience!  I, too, love animals...any kind.  I had a dragonfly that was trapped in my screened pool area.  I spent three days trying to catch it without injuring it...and I succeeded!  I figure, they want to live, too.
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   Posted 7/2/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know anything about birthing no babies - of the duck variety. But I think you are a sweetheart. I hope it all works out soon for the duck, the babies, and for you, dear lady. You have a good heart.
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I hear ya! The trappers here want $175 to come out and set the first trap, another $55 if they trap an animal and then $55 for every possum they trap after the first! I'm SO glad she decided to just move out! I don't want to think about what might have happend to her and the babies...I prefer to think she moved into a "better" tool shed is pretty

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   Posted 7/2/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw, you're so sweet. It would drive me crazy too, worrying about her. I hope nature moves things along soon, and you can get your yard back.

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