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Mother ducks choose the location to lay their eggs very carefully. They usually nest on a patch of dry land that is close to water. They will often build their nest near vegetation and their nest may even be hidden by some vegetation. In rare cases, a female duck will lay eggs underwater, but it is uncommon.
More likely, a duck will make a nest by the water. Sometimes, ducks will make nests in less than favorable places, such as in boathouses, roof gardens, and courtyards, and a
When a duck makes her nest, she usually forms a shallow “bowl” in the ground. Unlike some other birds, who carry nesting material to her nest, a
A female duck can start laying eggs at about five to six months old, and they can continue to lay eggs for many years after. The egg-laying season ranges from the middle of March until the beginning of July. A group of duck eggs is called a “clutch.” A female
When a female lays her eggs, it is a very stressful and trying time for her. Over only a few days, she will lay more than half of her body weight in eggs. She will spend the incubation period resting – she may not even eat at all during this time period! It is not uncommon for a female
So if you see a nesting
After about 28 days of incubation, the clutch of ducklings begin to hatch together. This process usually takes about 24 hours and then the young ducks will spend some time in their nest just drying off and getting used to moving their legs around. Then their mother will lead them to the water for the first time- this is usually during the early morning hours. This is important because the sooner the ducklings go to the water in order to feed, the better their chances of survival are.
Mother ducks will have to teach her young what to eat, even though ducklings can feed themselves as soon as they reach the water. Ducklings also depend on their mother for warmth and for protection- other ducks may attack a baby duckling if they stray too close to their own brood.
Female ducks have a lot of work to do to protect their young until they are able to fly because a duckling’s survival rate varies from 10% to 70%. This is because ducklings are very vulnerable to falling victims of predators (such as fish, frogs, snakes, turtles, large birds, foxes, raccoons, and even feral cats), as well as suffering from adverse weather conditions (such as extremely cold, wet, or windy weather, which can lead to hypothermia), starvation, disease, and parasites.
After about 50 to 60 days, the ducklings learn how to fly and then they become independent.
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