Is it possible to relocate ducks and their egg so they are not harmed?
I walked out the front door, of my suburban home, this morning to release a spider I had caught in the house, and noticed two ducks and a large egg on the grass parkway between the sidewalk and the street. They were not there yesterday and, from information that I’ve gathered, it will take about a month for the egg to hatch. Between all of the neighborhood children, dogs and outdoor cats, not to mention the traffic and street sweeper, they don’t have a chance in hell of making it. I would like to relocate them either into my backyard, or at least up closer to the house (further from the street & sidewalk). Is there anyway of doing this, or would it be better to just let nature run it’s course (meaning that the ducks might flee to safety, but the duckling will most likely never see the light of day)?
If these are wild ducks and you live in the US, you need to contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management. Their local contact information can be found here: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/contacts.htm
In the US, ALL native migratory birds – not just endangered species – are protected under federal law (Migratory Bird Treaty Act). It is illegal to disturb an active nest (even for a good resaon, like protecting it), unless you are licensed or have been given the authority to do so. Penalties for violating this law include fines of up to $500 and/or up to 6 months in jail for each offense.
Also, just because you move the nest and the egg, it does not mean that the parent birds will follow – they may abandon the egg you moved and start a new nest – in the same spot they were in.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service will advise you on how best to get the nest AND the adults relocated legally and safely.
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