Cats eye up wild ducks
Is it best to leave wild ducks alone? A friend has a duck in her garden sitting on some eggs. The neighbours have got two young cats who are very interested in her. They want to make a coop etc. but is it better to leave her alone?
VR SAYS: Not an easy question since the cats are liable to get if not the duck, then the eggs, or the ducklings when they hatch. For the sake of the duck, it may be best to scare her off her nest, destroy the nest and the eggs and she will then lay another clutch, hopefully somewhere safer! The loss of a nest and eggs is common in nature and ducks are programmed to lay and sit again if something happens to the clutch or the nest.
Male Mallard Duck