A little mallard hen has been hanging out with my ducks for the past two days. Last night she made it impossible to get them to bed! They kept on following the mallard hen! My ducks ended up being out all night. Arghh! I took away their food for the night so it wouldn't attract critters and didn't give them their nightly peas until this morning. Actually I didn't end up feeding them until noonish because I was gone. We didn't even try to get them in tonight, mostly because we got home late. Kind of ticked off at my ducks right now. I was worried that I had to leave them out all night, but thankfully everyone is a-okay. Even that little mallard brat. I'm going to start feeding them in their house again (instead of on the beach), to get them used to going in the duck house more. Should I continue to give them peas with their bell during the morning, or only give them peas if they go in at night? I think I'll probably put the bowl of peas in their house and ring the bell, showing them in treats in the house, and then leave during the daytime, in hopes that they'll go in, and begin to associate peas with their home. Any tips? I'd also like to hear any information about domesticated ducks befriending wild ducks, just out of curiosity. P.S. When wondering aloud how the mallard got to the top of the pecking order, one of my relatives mused that they liked her because she's exotic!