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I have a beautiful Mallard duck that lives on my pond and a small island in the pond.  He was there when I bought the property and he never tries to leave.  Don't know how long he has been there but he seems very happy.  I have begun feeding him scratch from the local co-op.  I know nothing about keeping a duck but since I have him, I want to make him

happy.  Occasionally he has visitors such as Canadian Geese or Herron's.  They visit for a few hours then leave but he remains there.  I have seen him flap his wings and travel across the pond but I have never seen him actually fly.  I'm wondering if he is unable to fly?  Also I am wondering if he could be a hybrid that isn't able to fly.  I worry about him 

not having any protection although he seems happy on the little island.  Should I try to get a floating house for him? I 

live in North Alabama and it does get cold here.  Being a wild duck, I assume he can take care of himself.

Anyone with a suggestion for caring for my new friend would be appreciated.

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If he is unable to fly he is particularly susceptible to predators.  If, as you guess, he is a hybrid domestic-wild, that might explain it, or he may have an injury.

 

It's a good question - how might you be able to provide him more safety than he has?

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