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My Mallard drake is gone and his mate is devastated.

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Thank you in advance for any advice.

I bought 3 mallard ducklings last spring, 2 males and a female. One of the males (Killdozer) was carried off by a fox in September. He was an awesome, tame guy and we were very upset. That left one male (Potato) and the female (Waddles). Potato was very protective of Waddles, but they were both fairly tame and loved to run around with my kids.

Mid October my mom brought over 9 newly hatched Muscovy ducklings. My grandmother's ducks were laying late in the season and before she found them several had died. Of the 9 we got 2 died within the hour, but the other 7 grew great. We wound up with 4 boy muscovies and 3 girls, so I gave 2 of the drakes to my friend who had 5 lonely female Indian runners. The Muscovies have shown no sign of wanting to breed yet, but Waddles has been laying eggs since early last summer, although I thought it was really early to do so. The Mallards and Muscovies have been civil enough but mostly kept separate. I pen them up at night since the Killdozer incident but they wander the yard during the day.


Man that's a lot of background, sorry. Point is, Potato went missing during the afternoon on Sunday. Waddles is beside herself. She goes near the Muscovies and sleeps there, but she is by herself most of the day. She's really latched on to my 11 year old son and follows him around when he's outside. I feel terrible for her.

Will she eventually bond with the Muscovy flock? Is she not because they're not sexually mature yet? Is there something I should be doing to make it easier? I'm so lost.
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Sad for your losses.

 

I would make some changes to prevent further losses.

 

A female Mallard with Muscovy drakes sounds very dangerous for her.

 

I would look into getting some more small females.  There is a process for introducing them, waiting till they are about the same size before letting them together, but keeping the little ones in sight so that they get used to each other.

Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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