Mallard duck abandoned eggs

Asked August 4, 2019, 7:24 PM EDT

A mallard duck has been sitting on her nest with 11 eggs in my shrubbery for a month. Now the nest has 9 eggs and no mama duck. I saw at least one of the chicks actually hatched. Is it likely the remaining 9 eggs are duds and will not hatch at all? Seems like a high mortality rate for one clutch. I haven't seen mama duck for 2 days. Suggestions on what I do with 9 remaining eggs?

Allen County Indiana

1 Response

If the mama duck is not sitting on the eggs they are unlikely to hatch. If it has been two days I don’t think you can save them either. It is a very poor hatch but hard to know why.