About 6 months ago, the rain around here was relentless. There was a steady steam running through my paddocks and around the barn, sometimes right through the barn (wah). With the water, brought over my neighbors ducks. Being the absolute animal lover I am, I loved this. There is one male, and three females that go with him everywhere. Usually when it rains, they come over to my place. My neighbours place is about 10 acres away. Sometimes they go into the ditch by the road, and I herd them back home.
When the rain left and things dried up, the ducks spent less time at my place. Well that is, all but one. She was hanging around daily. Sometimes on the roof of the shelter, sometimes I would find her in the shed sitting on the snowblower. Well hello Miss Duck...what can I help you with? I loved having her around. She would weed my garden and eat all the bad bugs. Wash herself in my wash stall, float around in the dogs kiddie pool, you know, all the things crazy duck kids are doing these days.
After a few weeks I noticed she made herself a nest in my shelter. In the corner, under the feeder. Low and behold, she layed 11 eggs in there. Well, that was just way too exciting for me. 11 ducklings running around? OMG, I was picturing it my head, my..er, her, little menagerie of ducklings waddling around the barn. Too cute to imagine. I talked to my other neighbour and she knows more about ducks than I do, and she let me know the approximate incubation period and what I should do which was basically - nothing.
|washing herself in the washrack, which I find hilarious|
It was not meant to be, sadly the eggs were fertilized but none of them hatched. I have no idea why, but it was sad. I had to remove all the eggs because they were getting rotten inside. I left all but one for her, so she didn't get too depressed. That was months ago, and well, she hasn't left. She's still in the shelter, in her nest, with one egg. I have no idea if its the same egg lol. But now winter is coming and I am worried about my momma duck.
I can't seem to find much online about them. She's a Muscovy, which are apparently tree ducks. So they aren't huge water lovers, but tree lovers. That's about all I know. I am thinking I have to box in her area, or make her her own little shed for the winter? It was -14 last night, and she was fine this morning, but I really don't want my momma duck to freeze out there! I just love her to bits.
|true camo duck|
My neighbor Michelle and I were laughing one day, at how she must be some independent type woman. Done being one of three girls, she just moved out on her own and started her own new life. Too hilarious. She still goes over to her original home, every day, and comes back, every day. Her return time would always be when I was riding after work. She would get so worried going through my ring while I was riding, she would do this waddle run so fast to get back to the shelter. It was so amusing and adorable. The horses love her. They are all good friends.
I really need to figure something out before it gets much colder. Does anyone have any experience with ducks? Moving a nest? Help me, I need to make sure momma duck survives the winter!