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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:23 pm 
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our ducks have been sitting and laying eggs, but the eggs keep dissappering we are at a loss, we have raised two lots of duckling this summer this has us very baffled as there is no trace of the eggs?? had any similar occurances we are thinking maybe snake or goanna help!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:35 pm 
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maybe snake or goanna help!!


I do not know where you are located but in our area it can be crows also.

If they are Muscovy ducks, then the fertility could be down and the mother is eating them as soon as she knows they are infertile. Mine seem to know if there are infertile and eat them, they will not eat a fertile egg that the duckling has died only the infertile ones. Sometimes it may take 28 days fro her to work it out.

But when I check the non hatched eggs, they are all fertile with died ducklings at various stages of development.

The way I stopped the crows from taking the eggs was to make a nest the crows can not handle.

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it is too dark inside for them to see and if occupied, the duck gives the crows a quick peck and they are off.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:41 pm 
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thanks for your reply, the eggs go missing as fast as she lays them, they have a large wire run and they have a garden shed as a house.
our mallard duck just raised 10 ducklings that are now 3 weeks, she was a savage defender of her eggs.
We went out today for 3-4 hours left the muscovy on her two eggs and the mother with her duckling locked in, the others were in the dam.
when we arrived home we checked and they were gone!!! we are going to put an electric fence on the outsde of the wire and try a plastic dog kennel for her to nest inside the shed, she used it before.
your nesting tins look great we are in the hunter valley nsw ours would probably cook in there.


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I would bet crows fast things, no trace left :)


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so they would fly down go right in and take the eggs, she wont move for me would she move for a crow??
so the dog kennel might work inside the shed as she has more protection?
we have lots of magpies rarley see any crows but then anything is possible
we feel sorry for her as she must hate loseing her eggs.
thanks for the tips guys much appreciated


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They fly in walk up and grab my ducks geese are no match for the horrible things they usually come in pairs so they attack on all angles .
yep I would definitly use the kennel inside the shed .
Magpies can be just as annoying usually the same as crows always more than one so the poor duck etc cannot fight them all .
The crows once they know they are on a sure thing keep coming back :x


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:11 pm 
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thankyou guys I have used the kennel and no eggs have dissapeared !!
I would never have guessed
thanks again
kim


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