I live in a second floor condo overlooking a man made lake. I have window boxes on my deck rail containing geraniums and sweet potato vine. On the deck I have pots containing basil, thyme, and million bells. A female duck has decided to nest either in my geraniums or herb pots. I tried a trellis, flashy wind mills, garden art statuettes, and my presence to scare her. She continues to come at dawn. I finally let her ruin my herbs and nest in the deck pot so as not to break the geraniums. We now have 3 eggs in the pot. Do I have any options to get rid of her, and the pot with eggs at this point?
Ducks sometimes choose odd spots for their nests, and this seems like a good example. If all proceeds as normal, the ducklings will hatch in about 21-39 days, usually counted after the last egg is laid. After hatching, the female often broods on the nestlings for another day/night, in part to help groom her feather oil into theirs. It may be possible to relocate the nest, but I would contact your District wildlife biologist with OR Department of Fish and Wildlife to render assistance. You can get contact information for your District Bio by calling ODFW headquarters at (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW