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ok so i have a small problem at the creek near our house there is a nest of baby mallard eggs which is great but it is on a steep hill above the water and already 4 eggs have fallen into the water now if and when they hatch will the babies die because they drown in the water because they will just tumble right on down or should i just leave them alone?

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Is there anyway you can reinforce it without scaring the mother off. make it stable enough for the ducklings to stay in untill they are able to swim if they did fall in. I don't think that you should move the nest she may not come back to lay on it if you move it. just my 2 cent

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although ive put fallen baby birds back in a tree without the mother getting scared off it is important not to touch the nest or eggs. try putting up a little barrier or something. For example if its on a hill further downhill put up some chicken wire so they wont go into the water.
 

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buck said:
ok so i have a small problem at the creek near our house there is a nest of baby mallard eggs which is great but it is on a steep hill above the water and already 4 eggs have fallen into the water now if and when they hatch will the babies die because they drown in the water because they will just tumble right on down or should i just leave them alone?

thank you all so much
Buck
We need one of them Smileys, that has the Guy hitting himself in the forhead with the palm of his hand.

First Off,
The Hen is Going to Set on those Ducklings Till they are Dry from Hatching.....

Second,
Once they are Dry, they are GOOD TO GO, To Swim. Mom don't need to teach not Swimming leasons......

Third,
If you Reinforce this Nest, Do it when the Hen is not there........

Fourth,
Are you Sure these are Eggs from this Nest?
Are there any Tame Ducks near this area? Hen Tame Ducks will lay eggs at a Creek or Pond side and they will roll into the water.......

Fifth,
Better to Leave Mother Nature to Dealing with this, Chances are, if you go Messing around, the Hen may leave and never come back!
If she looses to many Eggs or All of them, She will Renest and chances are, she will Renest in another area!

Many Different Ducks will nest 2 times in a Breeding season, they will hatch out the eggs, get the Ducklings going and then fly off to start a new nest and let the First batch of Ducklings fend for themselves!
 

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It is best to just leave nests alone.

if you want to help, become a member of DU or Delta Waterfowl or your local sportsmens club and do restorations of wetlands and grasslands are the best thing as a hunter you can do.
 

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gsphunter said:
Woody I'm sure he's heard the old tall tale that if the hen smells human scent on her eggs she won't sit on them anymore. This is not true!
gsp,

I was hoping he would answer and if had been that and nothing else, I was going to say "OK" and leave it at that!

Let him keep thinking that, atleast we would have known he would not be messing around with Duck Nests! :mrgreen:
 

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I think we all thought that growing up about eggs at some point :mrgreen:
 

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:withstupid: That and touching a baby animal. Two years ago the Canada geese(which were in Canada making them Canadian Geese) on a local lake had one of their goslings fall down over the top of the dam. My lab retrieved the baby goose and I took it unharmed from her and put it in the water to swim out to its parents which it did with a lot of honking going on from all the adult geese.(approx 2 doz nesting pairs) It took them about ten minutes before they accepted the youngen back but they did ,dog scent, human scent and all. So I don't believe the mith of they will abandon their young if there is human scent on them. The bond between parents and their young for survival is too great.
 

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Maybe a stupid question but, can birds smell? I didn't think they could. Point being, if a wild turkey COULD smell you would NEVER kill one!
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Birds can smell but they are not know for being bloodhounds on the wing.They have the best eyesight in the animal world so scent isn't a big concern for them,hearing isn't bad either.
The main predator of skunks are owls,owls have virtually no sense of smell so getting sprayed doesn't bother them.
Bottom line is that birds generally don't rely on scent(except vultures,they have great snouts) but they can smell to a degree.
 
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