She had already made a few nests in our garden between the reed, but – then suddenly she was again interested to go to the woodland.
As the time before we opened the little gate in the fence towards the meadow again so that she could go to the woodland. The first time - we went together with her to see where she preferred to make her nest so that we knew approximately where she was. We imprinted the place she had chosen as good as we could so that we could find her much easier when we came to look after her later. We then left her there, although we weren't at ease because we had seen there a stray dog, but - she had made her choice and we wanted to respect this.
She always answered then by quacking very loudly.
It was every time a real relief to find her there safe and well. She was really excited to see us there. Before we left she to care to her eggs. She covered them with twigs and dry grasses very careful so that you couldn't see them anymore. The whole way back to home she quacked then so loudly – that sometimes the neighbors asked us afterwards if there had been something wrong with her.
Entering the woodland.
From the moment she saw us she there she came to us without taking care for her nest.
When she approached us we backed off because she smelled so awful. The stench was really unbearable!
She also really looked terrible. The feathers of her chest were smeared with rotting egg yolk and so we realized what had happened. She had been breeding on the eggs so long that they started to rot and now they were exploded.
She had cared for her eggs so extremely well, we often could see how she turned them all around one by one so gently! It was so beautiful to see how she did that, and every time that she had left her nest she had covered the eggs with much care.
She cleaned and preened even the tiniest little feather, but - she didn't succeed to make herself clean. The stinking egg yoke was too sticky and still kept sticking on her feathers. Therefore - I took her inside the house and in the sink of the laundry room I assisted her to clean herself properly. Now she seemed really exhausted: breeding such a long time had taken its toll.
We presumed that she wanted to find a new and proper place for a nest, and - yes she did.