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releasing ducks into the wild?

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ok so here's my story. it starts two years ago:
I had 2 mallard ducks my dad got me. It turns out that they were male and female. I got them in the spring and kept them through the winter into the next spring. I had ordered 10 ducks in the mail and decided that I would let my two go before the new babies came in. Penelope had laid eggs. I tried to hatch them out but it didn't work. My grandma lives right on a lake so I figured that would be the best place to do it. I took both Penelope and Richard out to the water and plopped them in. They loved it and quickly figured out that my grandma was their new feeder. It was hard just leaving them, I wanted to stay with them for their first night. I left a bag of food with my grandma and said goodbye. The next morning I came back and was relieved to find they had made it through the night (it stormed) and were still right out in front of the house. I thought that the two would stay together but as luck would have it a wild male came and took Penelope away. Richard fought so hard to keep him away but eventually lost. The two, plus the wild male, stay around the house for most of the summer. My grandma would feed them. Eventually they learned to fend for themselves and ventured farther and farther away and to other parts of the lake. Penelope and the wild male dissappeared and I never saw her again. However, Richard has made it through migrating and has come back to my grandmas. I know its him because he sits in his favorite spot on the pier. Plus I can get within 5 feet of him before he jumps in the water.

About a month ago my sister rescued a newborn baby mallard from the parking lot at Taco Bell. I have no idea how it got there. Anyway, this new little baby has started to quack so its a female. I took her out to my grandmas for her first trip in the water. Richard immediately showed interest in her and even flew right next to me in the water to get a better look. I plan to release this new duck in the same spot and hopefully Richard with take her and help her to learn how to be a duck. She lives with 3 chickens and gets distressed when they are separated.

Has anybody had any luck releasing ducks? I'm not sure how to approach this with only one duck. Last year I had a pair. How can I break the relationship with the chickens and shift her over to Richard? She is a wild duck after all and I want her live like one.

Any ideas?fl

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post #2 of 13

Are these all wild mallards? If so you're not really allowed legally to have migrating fowl in your posession (without a permit). Just be very careful about the laws.

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Last year I had 9 mallards. 6 of the were adopted because the kid got bored of them and dumped them off in a nasty polluted creek. I managed to get all 6 and they turned out all males. I released the 6 in July of 08 at my cabin on a much much MUCH better creek. I still see them now were I released them. They are doing so well out there.

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Originally Posted by monarc23 

Are these all wild mallards? If so you're not really allowed legally to have migrating fowl in your posession (without a permit). Just be very careful about the laws.


The first two weren't wild. I bought them at a Rural King. The one I have now must be wild or else someone just dropped it off.

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post #5 of 13

Does anyone know how to tell the difference between a wild and a domestic mallard?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by monarc23 

Are these all wild mallards? If so you're not really allowed legally to have migrating fowl in your posession (without a permit). Just be very careful about the laws.


And it is also illegal to release tame ducks back to the wild (permit needed for that too)

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post #7 of 13

It's not a good idea and also illegal to take ducks from the wild or to release ducks whether they were previously wild or not or any animal for that matter.

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Hello all, I am hoping that someone from southeast Georgia will read this and help. I have an orphaned baby muscovy duck that I am looking for a home for. It is about 4-5 weeks old now and doing well. I do not have the proper facilities to raise this friendly little duck. I live on the Islands outside of Savannah. Please reply if you can help or if you know of someone that can. Thank you.

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I too have 5 (possibly 6 from the twin egg) to be released into the wild. Their mother was killed by an animal so I was called in to rescue the eggs. They are due to hatch very soon. I live off a large pond/small lake so I will be letting them go in there. I have my own Pekins that are mine, but these mallards deserve to be wild like they were initially intended to be.

I'm going to get them through until they are old enough to be released. I'm not going to get attached, or let them get attached to me. You sound like you had a successful release. I hope mine goes as well.

How old should I release them? When they get their adult feathers?

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post #10 of 13

The thing to be cautious is if you keep them for too long they may become dependent on you.  And if you release it to the wild then, it would be considered cruel because it won't be able to fend for itself.

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