If you are sure that the eggs have been sitting for many days unattended by the hen — and therefore unincubated — then sadly the nest has been abandoned. In this case, you can remove the eggs because she is not coming back.https://www.insideottawavalley.com/opinion-story/9988924-found-a-duck-nest-here-s-what-to-do/?s=n1?source=newsletter&utm_source=ml_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=6cf0e4c8dfed7b7e28f22e123857e24f&utm_campaign=ovop_77038&utm_content=a07
By Julie Pollock, InsideOttawaValley, May 15, 2020 Have you noticed a nest in the yard? Or maybe on your daily stroll? Maybe there were three eggs, then a few more in the nest and you’re wondering whether you should interfere, or maybe call someone. We’re here with a duck-nest explainer to help. Where’s the hen? You may not notice her immediately. The female, or hen, will take breaks from the nest to feed a bit, bathe and preen. And she may avoid the nest when you are around.