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pjslawncare/landscap
03-11-2005, 04:47 PM
I get to one of my mowing customers homes today to pull seven bushed from their beds. Got two pulled, then this female duck bolts out from under a bush ten feet away from me. I look and there are about 7 to 9 eggs sitting there and its about 40 degrees here and the nest is in the shade. Concerned that they will get too cold, I pulled off my sweatshirt and layed it over the eggs for the duration of my visit (30 minutes). I dont know about ducks, but I beleive some bird will abandon their nest if they smell the scent of humans, do ducks? and how long do you thing the eggs will survive with the mother gone? I can only hope that she returned quickly (or should I say "quackly") after I left.

bobbygedd
03-11-2005, 05:28 PM
i know that if you boil the eggs for around 3 minutes each, and pour salt and hot sauce on them, the will taste good.

Markf
03-11-2005, 05:32 PM
There is a good chance that she will return. What some birds do is run away from the nest, not in fear for their life, but for fear of the safety of the eggs. She may have been trying to lead you away from the nest and to come after her. Herons are know to fake a broken wing when you get to close to their nest, in hopes that you will go after an "injured" bird. Let us know if she came back.
Mark

jaguar4000
03-11-2005, 05:32 PM
i know that if you boil the eggs for around 3 minutes each, and pour salt and hot sauce on them, the will taste good.

that and a few cold ones sounds good and relaxing!

pjslawncare/landscap
03-11-2005, 05:33 PM
Damn, thats cold Bob. We go the the grocery for stuff like that round here

derek1
03-11-2005, 05:34 PM
i know that if you boil the eggs for around 3 minutes each, and pour salt and hot sauce on them, the will taste good.



:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

rodfather
03-11-2005, 05:35 PM
Have you tryed standing in the yard yelling, "AFLAC AFLAC"...lol

pjslawncare/landscap
03-11-2005, 05:38 PM
Have you tryed standing in the yard yelling, "AFLAC AFLAC"...lol

Yea, even that didnt work

Markf
03-11-2005, 05:39 PM
Have you tryed standing in the yard yelling, "AFLAC AFLAC"...lol
You made my day. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

rodfather
03-11-2005, 05:39 PM
Sorry pj, couldn't resist that one, but I bet she returns.

Petr51488
03-11-2005, 05:40 PM
I actually had 7 ducks eggs in an incubator about 2 years ago. Only 2 made it. Heres a pic of them..

JSymons
03-11-2005, 05:40 PM
Have you tryed standing in the yard yelling, "AFLAC AFLAC"...lol


Just make sure your customer knows what you are doing, or they might think you cut off your foot with the mower and are trying to file a claim!

pjslawncare/landscap
03-11-2005, 05:46 PM
Sorry pj, couldn't resist that one, but I bet she returns.
No problem, Im sure she will return too. I love to fish & hunt just like everyone else, however if I see something helpless that needs help, I will make an effort to help it. Now when they grow into large animals and they find themselves in my gun sites, thats totally different story :gunsfirin

walker-talker
03-11-2005, 05:50 PM
I have had domesticated for the last 3 or 4 years. I had up to 30 at one time, but down to three now. Every time the hen is forced off the eggs, she will return. I could actually get within a few feet of the nest with the ZTR and she would remain on the nest. I assume that wild ducks would return to the nest after she thought it was safe.

WoodBrothersLC
03-12-2005, 12:48 AM
This Fall we shot 606 ducks at our duck club, and if those 7 ducks don't make it, that's 7 more ducks that won't be on our board this year.

Envy Lawn Service
03-12-2005, 02:12 AM
This is a WOMAN we are talking about here. A hen no less.
Ever met one that wasn't stubborn and determined to get her way?

She'll be back.......

old dog
03-12-2005, 03:02 AM
Have you tryed standing in the yard yelling, "AFLAC AFLAC"...lol
Man you took the thought right outta my head.Shame on you stealing like that :nono:

Turf Dancer
03-12-2005, 02:26 PM
So did the hen come back ?

pjslawncare/landscap
03-12-2005, 02:51 PM
So did the hen come back ?
Hell if I know, Didnt go back to check. Jobs done. Just wanted to know if duck come back to the nest after smelling human scent and how long eggs survive in 40 degeree weather unattended