we have had a mallard duck in our fenced-in backyard who has been incubating 7 eggs for the past 4 weeks. this morning the ducklings were hatched... we went to a local bird feed and seed shop and bought food for wild birds after explaining the situation to the shop owner.
we live 150 yards from the chicago river...ive read from my internet research that we should keep the fence closed and give food/water for 2 weeks until they are strong enough to make it on their own to the river. any comments please? thank you very much! -barry