Abandoned Nest

Asked April 18, 2019, 5:03 PM EDT

A Mallard made a nest under a small bush along the side of my house. There are 10 eggs. She stayed on them for 2-3 days, but now she has abandoned the nest. She hasn't been back in 2 days. What should I do? I haven't touched them at all and am still hesitant to do so because I don't want to leave my human scent on them if she does come back. I'm questioning if the eggs are still viable at this point and what, if anything, I should do.

Johnson County Kansas

1 Response

This is more of a wildlife question than a poultry question. Based on my experience. however, do not get involved with a wild bird nest. If she has abandoned them, let nature take its course. You cannot give them to another wild duck. I chicken hen might take them, but it is probably too late.