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    Found some duck eggs...help....

    Ive always found this site helpful in my times of need.... so here goes.

    We have a stream running at the bottom of our garden and i just saw 2 duck eggs rolling down it chased by some frantic ducks. When the ducks gave up trying to get them back i dived in and got them out. The ducks are unlikely to come back but i would love to try and save the eggs, is there anything i can do to help them that might be common around the house? once hatched i could introduce them back to the other ducks perhaps.

    Any help is much appreciated.

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    Original Poster

    Please... no recipes. Not funny....

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    Can you not walk upstream and find the nest ?

    Banned

    try sitting on them for a while

    Need some heat lamps. My brother in law have ducks the eggs are very tasty.

    Keep them warm is probably the best idea.
    I think baby ducks imprint themselves on the first thing they see. So if they hatch you have then got a problem in teaching them to be ducks.

    Hopefully someone can give you more useful advice.

    maybe an airing cupboard? i think they just need a warm place..dont know how you would feed them tho..

    why dont you call a local farm see if they have ducks as i think they may be able to get them sorted?

    woolym is right i think they will think you're their mum..i recall the tv program where they followed the wellies they had seen when they hatched lol
    Edited by: "plumberman01" 10th Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    im just recovering from the hypothermia of getting them in the first place, i think the nest fell in as before the eggs came down there was a huge ruckus and lots of nest type material came down. ive left them in the sun on the bank at the moment, just incase they come back for them.

    Banned

    They need to be kept at 99 degrees F for a month
    if you left them exposed for a while they are probably dead already

    Original Poster

    what a lovely thought... i will try and persevere

    I think the best think is put them somewhere warm straight away if you really want them to suceed.
    It may already be too late if they have got cold.

    But then probably the best thing is to pass them to a farm/ childrens zoo etc. Somewhere where they have ducks already because if they hatch without other ducks around them they may not have much of a chance of survival.
    Edited by: "WoolyM" 10th Apr 2011

    Banned

    You can check to see if they are still growing inside by placing a bright light next to it and looking thru it

    Original Poster

    WoolyM

    I think the best think is put them somewhere warm straight away if you … I think the best think is put them somewhere warm straight away if you really want them to suceed.It may already be too late if they have got cold.But then probably the best thing is to pass them to a farm/ childrens zoo etc. Somewhere where they have ducks already because if they hatch without other ducks around them they may not have much of a chance of survival.



    they are now nestled in the airing cupboard as thats prob the warmest place. its about 90 f so hope its ok. Might try the bright light thing next, see if there is actually anything in there at all.

    Banned

    Don't forget to turn them every 7-8 hours at least

    I think, that you really need to rehome the eggs. I know the idea of letting them hatch is attractive but if they hatch without other ducks teaching them how to survive they will probably die anyway.

    Putting them in an existing wild nest is maybe a dangerous idea as the ducks may be scared away from the nest allowing others to fail. But passing them on to somebody else that has ducks may offer the best chance of all round sucess.

    But they need to stay warm anyway whilst you work out next steps. Well done so far.

    Those eggs are well and truly ducked.

    Original Poster

    WoolyM

    I think, that you really need to rehome the eggs. I know the idea of … I think, that you really need to rehome the eggs. I know the idea of letting them hatch is attractive but if they hatch without other ducks teaching them how to survive they will probably die anyway. Putting them in an existing wild nest is maybe a dangerous idea as the ducks may be scared away from the nest allowing others to fail. But passing them on to somebody else that has ducks may offer the best chance of all round sucess. But they need to stay warm anyway whilst you work out next steps. Well done so far.



    Yep, agreed. I couldnt get up to where i thought the nest might have been as the river is too high and too fast for me to swim through... plus its freezing and im only in a pair of shorts.

    Going to look round the bmth/new forest area and find a farm i think, or somewhere that would take in ducks.

    It might be a good idea to practice quacking and pecking the ground though just in case they should hatch early.

    Original Poster

    im well versed in that... the wife has me doing that already!!

    when turning the eggs dont go one way turn right then left. from wot i remember someone might be able to confirm this but im sure thats right.

    Ducks are awful parents

    flyingflea

    Ducks are awful parents



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