Need some Advice for Moscovy hen with ducklings
Hi. I've never posted to this forum, I'm more of a back yard gardener. So any advice from people who have moscovies would be appreciated.
My neighbor got some ducks, mostly big black and white adult Moscovies, clipped wings according to him. The smallest two brown ones could still fly and started visiting our yard. Soon their was one brown duck and eggs. Then 12 eggs deep under our deck. Then 10 ducklings.
In my attempt at keeping the flock in our yard (the neighbor got more ducks and another dog) I got Storey's guide to raising ducks, skimmed through it, and got a few things confused. He says to leave natural mothers alone as much as possible and when raising in a brooder make sure litter is clean and changed often. I got it confused and changed out the nest litter, re-read it and put the old nest material back. The mother duck won't go back to the nest and is nesting in the middle of the grass in our yard...predator alley.
Any way to convince her to go back to the nest or at least under the deck? Do I need to let nature take it's course or completely commit by penning her up? We do not have a pen set up because I was debating if I really want to try raising Moscovies in such a suburban neighborhood. We have kept fresh water in different size containers near the deck where they have been the whole nesting time, some corn and chopped greens. She's doing pretty well keeping them dry and teaching them to forage I just want to encourage better night time shelter.
Thanks for any advice!