I think I may have scared a mother duck away...?

We have a duck nest in our yard. Last night, there was a big storm with 2" hail, so I put a board over the duck's nest to protect it. The mom just watched as I place the board over the nest carefully and promptly returned to the nest. This morning, I woke up to find that the bird isn't on the nest,... show more We have a duck nest in our yard. Last night, there was a big storm with 2" hail, so I put a board over the duck's nest to protect it. The mom just watched as I place the board over the nest carefully and promptly returned to the nest. This morning, I woke up to find that the bird isn't on the nest, and two of her eggs are uncovered (she normally covers them up with feathers when she leaves). How do I know if the mother duck has left the eggs permanently, or if she will be coming back? If they are abandoned, how soon must the be incubated before they die?
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