We have a male mallard that is about a year old and he is with a female mallard and a female domestic(?). She is at least twice his size. Anyway, this spring around first part of April maybe even late March he was clearly trying to mate with both females. The domestic went broody but all her eggs rotted in the nest. The female mallard lays eggs every day but never goes broody. We have several questions:
1) Why is he suddenly chasing, pecking, running off, the domestic? He is not being nice. Then he runs back to the female mallard.
2)This is the biggest question of all....Why do we have to give baby ducks special food, heat, etc. when they don't get it in the wild???
3) We threw out a bunch of rotten eggs and the others my husband put under the chickens to hatch. We really didn't expect them to hatch but now they are, what to do? Let them hatch then put in the brooder box?