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Missing Duck Eggs
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One of my Campbells was sitting on a clutch of about 8 or 9 eggs, yesterday the duck was attacked by a hen, now today all the eggs have disappeared, there is not a trace of egg or shell anywhere to be seen, has anybody any idea what could have happened? There is no sign of a scuffle or anywrong doing anywhere to be seen. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/huh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Huh' />
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#2
How strange! There is no chance that something would have stolen the eggs - I know there is no sign, but maybe something could have carried them off somewhere else to demolish at their leisure? I don't know what size duck eggs are though, so maybe smoking my socks here! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/blushing.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':blushing:' /> <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
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[quote name='Snapper' date='30 April 2010 - 05:07 PM' timestamp='1272643652' post='190614']

One of my Campbells was sitting on a clutch of about 8 or 9 eggs, yesterday the duck was attacked by a hen, now today all the eggs have disappeared, there is not a trace of egg or shell anywhere to be seen, has anybody any idea what could have happened? There is no sign of a scuffle or anywrong doing anywhere to be seen. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/huh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Huh' />

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As she was attacked by a hen yesterday, could she have seen fit to move the eggs to a safer hidey hole ?



Far fetched I know but definitely possible. She may not have gone straight back to sitting on them to ensure that she did not draw attention to where she had put them. That may mean now that they will be no good but I'd be watching her whereabouts very closely.
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[quote name='april' date='30 April 2010 - 05:49 PM' timestamp='1272646171' post='190617']

As she was attacked by a hen yesterday, could she have seen fit to move the eggs to a safer hidey hole ?



Far fetched I know but definitely possible. She may not have gone straight back to sitting on them to ensure that she did not draw attention to where she had put them. That may mean now that they will be no good but I'd be watching her whereabouts very closely.

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Hi already thought of that so my wife has been on her hands and knees looking for them in every nook and cranny,NOT a sighting,a total mistery i also have another duck on eggs and has been on clutch all day and hisses every time anyone goes near,shall i leave her on all night usually locked in cree with hens,or chase her off nest.
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[quote name='Snapper' date='30 April 2010 - 08:16 PM' timestamp='1272654961' post='190642']

Hi already thought of that so my wife has been on her hands and knees looking for them in every nook and cranny,NOT a sighting,a total mistery i also have another duck on eggs and has been on clutch all day and hisses every time anyone goes near,shall i leave her on all night usually locked in cree with hens,or chase her off nest.

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I think only you can answer that one Alan. Is she in a safe place and do you have any foxes in the area?



As to the missing eggs, I've absolutely no idea what's happened to them. Really strange.
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already thought of that but,nothing in the garden at all. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />
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[quote name='Tania B' date='30 April 2010 - 08:20 PM' timestamp='1272655204' post='190644']

I think only you can answer that one Alan. Is she in a safe place and do you have any foxes in the area?



As to the missing eggs, I've absolutely no idea what's happened to them. Really strange.

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no not very safe but just dont know how to get her off,and yes fox has been seen close ago,how long do they sit and are they supposed to sit like he4ns or like mine are doing and sit every now and again.
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#8
You can call me mad or just ignore me but heres a thought... Could the chicken that attacked her think they're hers and have moved them? <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />
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[quote name='Snapper' date='30 April 2010 - 08:25 PM' timestamp='1272655500' post='190647']

no not very safe but just dont know how to get her off,and yes fox has been seen close ago,how long do they sit and are they supposed to sit like he4ns or like mine are doing and sit every now and again.

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Duck eggs take 28 days of incubation before hatching. The duck will sit the same as a chook and should come off the nest at least once a day to eat, drink, swim, stretch and poop.



It is easier to move chooks and their eggs but I've never been successful moving a duck and her eggs. If disturbed, they generally abandon. If you are worried about her location though, you really don't have much of a choice and you will have to move her and her eggs to somewhere safe and see what happens (if you want her to hatch of course). Luckily, the duck I had that did manage to hatch, set her nest up in the duck house from the word go so I didn't have any problems. She always came off the nest as the sun was doing down and for only about 30 mins.
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#10
Maybe a silly question but how do ducks and chickens move their eggs <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' /> I can only think they roll them but if its down hill it would be tricky, likewise up hill, so do they have to go sideways <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='blink' /> Cant help with the problem tho, I have only ever hatched ducklings under a hen.
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#11
Do you have any foxes nearby? In a previous, chook-free life, I used to feed urban foxes that came to my garden every night. I often put whole eggs out for them, if they were cracked at all they'd eat them there and leave the shells, but if they were undamaged they carried them away in their mouths (very funny to watch) and buried them to eat later. If your eggs have disappeared with no shells left behind, I'd bet that they're in a fox larder somewhere.
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#12
[quote name='Teazel' date='30 April 2010 - 08:43 PM' timestamp='1272656631' post='190652']

Maybe a silly question but how do ducks and chickens move their eggs <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' /> I can only think they roll them but if its down hill it would be tricky, likewise up hill, so do they have to go sideways <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='blink' />

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Oh Teazel - what a picture you paint! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/hysterical3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':hysterical' />
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#13
The duck that is sitting is a Cayuga and she leaves the eggs at night in order that she can go with the rest into the coop. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/angry.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':angry:' />
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#14
I reckon I know.





Crow.





I didn't collect mine one morning, by mid afternoon when I remembered, they'd all gone, eggs, shells everything. Following day I left them on the roof of the pen whilst I went to get a sack of feed, when I came back the crow was making off with one!
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