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May 18, 2010

Mama Duck does her duty

Greetings dear Reader!  After a short hiatus from this blog (so that I could visit my Mother out-of-state) I made it back. Just in time to find a whole nest full of baby ducklings!  So Mother Nature trumps the man-made incubator.

Mallard duck on nest with babies

"Keeping baby ducks warm"

This hen duck has worked hard. In the photo above, she tries to keep her brood covered, and warm.  At this point she was still incubating eggs.

Mama duck on nest

Being protective

It is exciting when little ones are hatched.  We tried to stay back, and not overly stress the family.  However, the urge to get in there and pick the little duckies up is strong.

baby duck emerges from under mama

Baby duckling in the clear

Later in the day Mama Duck got out of the nest and stretched her legs.  Of course all the babies followed her and she was very protective of them.  I think there were 14 in total.  They move around and criss-cross paths so quickly it is difficult to be certain.

In this family the mama raised more than a dozen, and the incubator produced 4.  So in this one example, letting Mother Nature take care of business seems to be the preferred method.  As I recall from a commercial of my childhood- – -”You can’t fool Mother Nature”.

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  1. Jon permalink
    May 18, 2010 2:14 pm

    Neat!

    It’s interesting that the mama duck did better than the incubator. It makes sense, ducks have been doing this for a long time, but with all the thought and farmers knowledge that goes into an incubator it seems like it should have done better than a score of 4 – 14.

    So next year are you going to swap the duck and chicken eggs around and sell it as a reality show to Animal Planet?

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