Monday, April 06, 2009

What to do when you find a wild duck's nest?

One of our readers recently asked us, What should I do when I find a wild duck's nest? It is quite common to find wild duck nests on your property, especially if you live in a rural area near wetlands frequented by wild ducks.

According to Feathersite, "If you find a wild duck's nest on your property and don't see the mother on the eggs, don't necessarily worry. Ducks lay an egg every day or two until they have a full clutch (usually 8 to 15); only then will the mother start to sit on them. It takes the eggs 28 days to hatch from when she starts sitting all the time. When they hatch, she will soon lead them to a nearby body of water. The father takes no part in caring for the eggs or young." Read more here:

If you think wild ducks are cool, wait until you start raising ducks in your backyard! Raising domestic ducks is so fun and so many people think it's a great alternative, or addition, to raising chickens. What do you think?