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Mother duck picks Gurnee home improvement store to start family

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  • A mother duck decided to lay her eggs in a pallet of paver block sand bags at the Home Depot in Gurnee. Employees have put up a sign to protect her and are feeding her until her ducklings hatch.

       A mother duck decided to lay her eggs in a pallet of paver block sand bags at the Home Depot in Gurnee. Employees have put up a sign to protect her and are feeding her until her ducklings hatch.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • A mother duck sits on her eggs in a pallet of paver block sand bags at the Home Depot in Gurnee. Employees have put up a sign to protect her and are feeding her until her ducklings hatch.

       A mother duck sits on her eggs in a pallet of paver block sand bags at the Home Depot in Gurnee. Employees have put up a sign to protect her and are feeding her until her ducklings hatch.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • A Gurnee Home Depot shopper passes a section of the garden department where a mother duck laid her eggs in a pallet of paver block sand bags. Employees have put up a sign to protect her and are feeding her until her ducklings hatch.

       A Gurnee Home Depot shopper passes a section of the garden department where a mother duck laid her eggs in a pallet of paver block sand bags. Employees have put up a sign to protect her and are feeding her until her ducklings hatch.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Employees care for mother duck

 
 

A mother duck has picked a home improvement store as the spot to start her family.

The duck decided to lay her eggs in a pallet of paver brick sand bags at the Home Depot in Gurnee. She made the temporary home about two weeks ago in the upper storage area of the store's garden department.

Employees moved the pallet to a lower level to protect the ducklings once they hatch.

A sign was put up around the bags to protect the mother while her eggs incubate.

Employees say they have been feeding her duck food and giving her water as they wait for the ducklings to hatch.

"I was afraid that after she had them up there how are the little ones going to get down," said Marla McAndrew, a Home Depot sales associate.

After doing research online, McAndrew learned that she could put the ducklings into a box after the eggs hatch and the mother would follow them.

The plan is to transfer the babies to a nearby pond.

The employees estimate it will be another two weeks before the ducklings hatch.

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