Saturday

Duck Nest No More


     Miss Grey Duck started out with 12 eggs.  She layed on them so well for at least 2 weeks.  What happened to one of the eggs I don't know.....and then she slowly started leaving them longer and longer.  The morning I felt them and they were all ice cold I knew it was all over.  She was such a good mother last year!  Maybe none of the eggs were fertile.  I opened one...rotten to the core.  Elton is pretty old..... but, Nine of Nine should have been able to fill in no problem.

     So now we start all over.  One problem.  The ducks aren't laying any eggs right now!  All winter they layed so well, but the day I turned off the light that was keeping their water from freezing they were done.  That was a month ago.  Not an egg since.  Did I wear them out over the winter?   Bottom line....no ducklings for a while. :-(

.....dr momi

11 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

well, i guess that's better than a critter getting them. maybe.

Mama Pea said...

It's just so hard to figure the why or wherefore of eggs that don't get fertilized or why the mama hen gives up the ghost. Maybe they know more than we do? Bummer when you were expecting a bunch of fuzzy little ducklings . . .

RiverBend Farm said...

The problem couldn't be your light because they eggs should have already been there and fertilized when you turned it off. The hen must have known they weren't good. Somehow they know these things. Too bad.

RiverBend Farm said...

The problem couldn't have been with your light because they should have already been fertilized by then. Somehow the hens have a way of knowing the eggs are not good. Too bad...maybe next time.

Lois Evensen said...

Awww. That's sad. Perhaps next time.

Michaele said...

Awwww. Sorry. It's too bad, after she sat so long. Hopefully you can try again.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm sorry...We had that happen with a bird on its nest, and I just wish I knew those answers too.

Candy C. said...

I'll bet momma duck realized they weren't viable. The critters know more than we realize I think.

A Quiet Corner said...

I can hear t he disappointment in your words...sorry ...:( JP

judy said...

From ducks to dust.Amen

Rain said...

Well thats a super drag......