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A disappointing discovery

Postby golferboy426 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:20 am

Well I checked my wood duck house which is on the small pond in back of my house. Last year, after about 5 season I had my first successful nesting. When I went to the box there was some down on the outside of the hole so I was hopeful. Again like last year I never saw any baby ducks. When I opened the box I found what looks like 2 or 3 membranes but there were 6 unhatched eggs. So she did hatch a few . I opened the 6 eggs and there was no indication of any development so I guess these were never properly fertilized.

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Re: A disappointing discovery

Postby Citori16 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:22 pm

Maybe an inexperienced hen? Or maybe she was too picky...
Did you say woodcock or woodduck?
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Re: A disappointing discovery

Postby duckstopper333 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:19 pm

I helped to check about 50 houses in western Mass. last spring. There are often unhatched eggs in the nest boxes. At least you had evidence of success. Many of the houses in W. Mass. are now being used by Hoodies. Even some of the woodie nest contained hoodie eggs.
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