Hi Katie..Just wanted to know if you've scoped out your area for the closest pond or stream. That's where she'll be headed after the kids hatch. You could google maps your address and click on "satellite" and zoom in for detail. Keep in mind to not get too close to the nest but she feels safe where she is. It's possible that she's been sitting
on her eggs before you discovered her but anyway, when you go out
side, always listen for peeping sounds, coming from the area which tells you that hatching has started. They'll likely all hatch about the same day, and will leave then next day.
In the meantime, check out any potential barriers for her to escort
her brood to their watery home. Remember she cannot carry them but simply leads. I've done this a number of times at the school I taught, with a female that laid her eggs in an enclosed courtyard and the school had to open two doors in a hallway to allow mom and ducklings to walk into the school hall and out another door to a nearby pond. Very cool. Lots of kids got to see this.
Hello all! Just wanted to inform you that Mama Duck (aka Piper) has been vigilantly sitting on her nest. Don't know how long the eggs were laid before we discovered them, but I'd say it hadn't been more than a few days. If it had been longer (say, a week), I'd guess that the eggs would be hatching this week since it'd have been about 3-3 1/2 weeks in all today and the eggs incubate for 28 days! I think it's more likely that it's been about 2 1/2 weeks since she's laid them and that they'll be hatching sometime next week! Super exciting! Of course I'll post when they hatch!
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