Posted 06-13-2003 at 08:31:12
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you're in sort of a no-win situation, but I think the best thing is to let her stay and let nature run its course.
If you move her, it is likely that she'll quit setting the eggs. If that happens, she'll simply build another nest farther out and increase the likelyhood that something will get her...been there, done that.
Had a turkey hen that built a nest near our outbuildings. Every night we'd move her and her eggs into the coop where she normally stayed. She gradually got farther and farther out...finally we decided to let her set the eggs because she had moved very far out toward the highway and we feared her next move would cross it.
Well, that night a fox or owl got her. Possibly if we'd let her stay the first time, she'd have been safe. But you never know. So I'd say leave her: She knows what is best, even though the outcome may not always be "successful."