One of the most familiar of ducks, the Mallard is found throughout North America! Where it does not occur naturally, it often has been introduced. The widespread Mallard has given rise to a number of populations around the world that have changed enough that they could be considered separate species.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- A Mallard green head, yellow bill, and black rump. Some times they can be Snowy or White.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Recent User Reviews
Pros - Hardy, protective, can fly from predators, great egg layers and parents
Cons - Not afraid of bigger birds, not big on being handled
We got our first mallard 4 years ago. Found him while fishing the day after a terrible storm at about 2 days old. There were no ducks or nests anywhere. Ended up taking him home and raising him with our goslings. When he grew up and tried mating with one of the geese we decided it was time to get him some friends. Got 2 mallard ducks, 2 magpies, 2 Saxony, 2 crested, and a Campbell. They are our "Duck Dynasty" and Quack Miller, the first mallard, rules over them all. Even the Saxon ducks and geese! We keep them in the duck pen till mid morning to ensure everyone lays their eggs in there making it easier on us to retrieve them. We've never had health issues or had any of them fly off. Coyotes have been our only problem as with any other of our birds. They are no more "messy" than any other water bird and as long as coop maintenance is kept up they stay clean and happy.
"They're OK I guess..."
Pros - Cute as ducklings, fun to watch play in water, if you get tired of them you can let them go.
Cons - Messy, skiddish from 2 weeks on
I got 4 mallard ducklings from TSC. The first week or so they were pretty tame and fun to have around. I found an old Kiddie Pool in my garage and set it up for them. They'd swim around and dive under water. Once they hit about 2 weeks old they just hated us. We'd set them in their kiddie pool and sit in lawn chairs probably 6 feet away from them and they would choose to run and hide in the bushes rather then have fun and take the rare opportunity to swim. Their brooder was always messy. I'd replace the shavings and 3 hours later the ground would be a concrete layer of poop mud and shavings. If you're planning on raising them in a cardboard box, think again. The bottom with rot out of that thing in no time flat. I got tired of taking care of something that hated me unconditionally, so once they were old enough I let them go at a pond full of other mallards. My father raised a mallard from an abandoned nest he found when he was a kid. It imprinted on him and never left his side, even as an adult. He'd throw it into the air and it would fly for hundreds of feet and then land down next to him. I would give them a five star if that was my experience. I think in order to have a tame mallard, you need to hatch them from eggs. I will try Mallards again, once I find somewhere to buy hatching eggs.
Pros - Easy to get to standard, and show.
Cons - Flighty, don’t lay many eggs
I have kept mallards for a few years now, they are very nice ducks to have around the farm. If you want to keep them as pets you should clip there wings. If you are keeping them as Show birds you should keep them in a secure area and handle them regularly.
Mallards come in multiple varieties such as natural, white and bibbed. Natural are the easiest to keep clean, and white are the hardest to keep clean. This is my review for mallard ducks.
Some of my newest mallards: