Help

I just found a duck incubating its eggs in a bush area right next to my swimming pool.
What should I do? I have a cat too, which was eagerly looking at the duck when it went for a swim in the pool.

I tried reaching my gloved hand into the bush area and the duck bit me as a defence mechanism.

  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous
  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    If/When they hatch, is that a safe time to have a wildlife carer relocate them?

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Kill and eat the duck, God sent you free food so take the opportunity

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      That seems a little far-fetched

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >kill the duck
      >go to federal prison
      yikes

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Actual OP here. The duck came back and is doing fine.

    It's very easy to prevent my cats from going to the pool area. Not so sure about the neighborhood cats, but I think there's only one and it's old.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Kill the neighbors cat.
      Then kill yours to seem like you were targeted.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        OP should kill the duck just to trigger idiots like you.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          He can kill everything to unlock the annihilation route

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      You can cage the neighbors cat and ship it to a shelter

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      The duck is going to continue laying eggs and leaving until she has about a dozen or so.
      The embryo doesn't start to grow until they reach about 95 degrees. So she lays one egg a day until she has a full clutch then starts incubating so they all hatch at the same time- eggs only take 3 weeks to hatch, if she started incubating the first egg as she laid them that chick would hatch when other eggs were only half way done.

      Another anon had a duck build a nest on his back porch every year.
      He pulled the eggs and replaced with ping pong balls, incubated them and returned them when they hatched. He also built a pen around her once she started sitting on the eggs to protect her from wildlife.
      Do not move the nest though. Leave it as she built it.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        And what about when they hatch?
        I read ducklings can't exit pools. This duck is nested about 2 meters away from one. What should I do?

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Build a pen around her once she settles down and starts sitting on her clutch.
          Buy a bag of feed and provide a water bowl and wait.
          Build ramp out of pool for ducklings.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            you make all that sound easier than it is. i'm not a diy person

            • 4 months ago
              Anonymous

              Not that anon but a ramp out of the pool should be easily doable, ducklings are light so a piece of board that goes into the water at an angle should be sufficient. It might be a good opportunity for you to try DIY, you already have a reason now.

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP here - duck is dead and eggs are gone. RIP

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Kill your cat to even the playing field

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Find out what kind of duck it is. If it's native, kill your cat. If it's domestic or invasive, kill your cat and eat the duck.

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cook the duck and make an omellete from the eggs

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      you can't omelette an old fertilized egg wtf
      there are unspeakable horrors inside, the yolk is half-gone and the white is half-duck

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        That's an actual Asian dish called Balut.
        I'm not posting pictures, people can find it on their own.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    What would happen if you replaced the eggs with fertilized chicken eggs? Would the duck notice before the hatched?

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's 6pm here. The duck is gone, nowhere in sight. The eggs are still there.

    Is this normal? Or is it likely to not come back? Pretty certain it hasn't become pray.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      sometimes ducks are pretty fickle the mood to brood comes and goes with them easier than geese. If they don't like a nice they'll just ditch it.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Are you in aus/nz or something?
      Because it's not hatching season up here.
      Check archive for ft. Duck.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Are you in aus/nz or something?
        yea

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      she has to eat
      give her a golf ball

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Simple. Keep the cat indoors.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      My cats aren't the only two in my neighborhood. I saw the neighbor's black tomcat drinking out of the pool yesterday.
      Also I heard swimming pool water is bad for ducks.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Put out a water bowl,
        Do you know how the cats get in? Is it something simple like putting a brick under the gate?

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Preventing my cats from accessing the pool area is fairly straightforward. They're not smart enough to find alternate routes.

          As for the neighbor's cat, no chance of blocking it off. I think its old so it might not go out of its way to find it.

          The duck is hidden within the overgrown shrubbery and vines around the wall. Pic related.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            The cats already know the duck is there by scent alone.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          https://i.imgur.com/zlskk1l.jpg

          Preventing my cats from accessing the pool area is fairly straightforward. They're not smart enough to find alternate routes.

          As for the neighbor's cat, no chance of blocking it off. I think its old so it might not go out of its way to find it.

          The duck is hidden within the overgrown shrubbery and vines around the wall. Pic related.

          Also if I move my hand close, it bites me. I fed it some lettuce but it's kind of hard to get it close.

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