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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:20 pm 
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Hi all,

I have a mussy girl with 1 baby 1 1/2 weeks old now.

The problem is the girl will not get off the nest except to eat drink and bathe. The baby can get in and out of the nest easily.

This is her first time and should I take the cage (dog crate with bed and bedding in) completely out or leave her be.


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Do you mean that she is not going for a walk at all? As long as she is spending some time off the nest and getting some exercise, I would not worry too much :) She may just be protecting her baby and not feeling really safe, yet? Is she in an area where you can observe her from a distance without really disturbing her? Is the area free from draughts? I would be inclined to leave her be, if she were mine... :D


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Is she still sitting on some unhatched eggs?
If so remove them and she will get out and about more.

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She should not be sitting all the time I know she gets out for food water but find it strange that she wants to sit on the nest all the time.
Was she hurt in your recent attack?
As Lucy asked about eggs get rid of them if there are any.
I personally would get rid of the nest.


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She was not hurt or anywhere near the attack.
She is out of draughts.
I took the nest (dog basket with bedding) out and she just dragged more straw into the nest.
No eggs there to sit on. I had to take the last one away a week ago, it was rotten.
When she gets off she just has food, drinks and a swim then straight back in.
Daisie did this so its probably hereditary :) and I had to get rid of the nest. I think I shall do this as she probably thinks she has an egg there somewhere. :?


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You might find as the duckling gets older and starts wandering around, the mums' protective instincts will kick in and she will get off the nest and follow it around. :?

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when my duck hatched her ducklings i left her in the nest with the babies. when the babies got out through the holes in the cage though she freaked out and ran up and down the wall until i let her out or put the babies back in. (i figured out pretty quickly just to leave the door open. But then she wouldnt leave the nest and so she decided that the yellow drink container i put out so the babies wouldnt drown was perfect and she sat on it instead. so i gave her some more eggs and she hatched both. hehe. then she got off the nest. but the baby (i gave the other to the boy next door) was fending for itself when it escaped the cage for about a week before the others hatched. it coped fine and snuggled into mum at night times.


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