A few weeks ago we noticed a duck sitting in the plants against the fence at my girlfriend house. It was sitting on what we thought were only two eggs. I'm not sure why it decided to use the garden afterall it is fenced all around, but the house is near a large residential pond.
The eggs must have hatched a few days before, but the first we seen was on Wednesday when they started following the mum around the garden.
Seven tiny chicks. They feed on the water and bread and she is still protective when humans or the rabbit approaches (the rabbit now has an identity crisis but that's another story).
Anyway today there are six, we can't be sure but we think a cat got one of them, it was dead and lying outside the plants, anything we can do to prevent any more chicks dying?
I would recommend letting nature takes its course, don't try to move them or anything, a large part of the time if you try to move them the mother will reject them, and unless you know how to care for them, they will die. But the truth is, with that many if the mother ends up with 6 in the next 3 weeks she beat the averages, and they were actually safer there, because quite a few chicks die of small predators in the "wild"
We've kept as far away as we can within reasonable, still got to use the garden etc.., I think she's comfortable with arrangements at the moment. She did reject one egg a few weeks ago, and left it in the middle of the garden, the rabbit sat on it for a few days, but it never hatched, in the end the birds pecked it.
Oh my, the rabbit sat on it, I see what you mean it is having an identiity crisis. It sounds interesting, and is very fun to watch. I had a group of rabiits like that under a walking bridge in front of our house, about 4 baby rabbits under there.
The next year one of those rabbits had hers in a whole in the front yard, we didn't know about it until, it came time to cut the grass, and the mother did not live, we endedup raising the small rabbits on our own, with help of a friend that does "animal rescue", the rabbits where so young at the time they could only eat one thing, milk soaked bread, they used the bread more like sponge, but they lived and grew up enough we released them into the wild, and they did not stay "domesticated" (we stayed away from them except for food and water).