Chickens and Roosters
Does the mallard hen ever leave the nest to eat or drink while she is setting on her eggs?
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Is the mallard duck sitting on her nest during all the daylight hours leaving it at night to go out and get food and water for herself?
To get things straight, ducks aren't nocturnal so NO they don't leave their nests at night. 1) The mallard duck is a single hen (mother duck). Single mothers are the most common in mallard duck families in which the mother duck stays in her nest for hours to secure her eggs. She does leave but only for 3 minutes to grab herself some food and then rushing back to her nest. 2) The mallard duck is a hen whose mate the drake (father duck) will feed her so that she does not have to leave the nest while the eggs have yet to hatch. In these rare families containing both parents, the drake will feed her until the ducklings emerge. However, if the mother decides that she needs to go feed herself instead of heavily relying on the drake then she will leave the nest for temporary like the single hen without the drake. If you're wondering about the eggs, the drake will secure them during her absence.