Can Mallard/Rouens Fly?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckking, May 28, 2012.

  1. duckking

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    I am hatching mallards crossed with a Rouen drake. Will they be able to fly? And what would you call them? Rouallards? Mallouens? Tom, Dick, Harry???
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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    Are they true mallards or from a hatchery? I doubt they will be able to fly and if they can it probably won't be large distances. I would just refer to them mixed breed ducks.
     
  3. duckking

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    They are from Metzers, except for the Rouen drake who was hatched by a friend from unknown lineage. The drake, not the friend. It doesn't matter either way, but just curious as we supplying a friend with 20 for their pond and he was wondering if they would migrate.

    Thanks for the response!
     
  4. Nsampsel

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    It will really depend on their size & wing strength. I would start out with clipped wings & just kinda watch from there to see if they are doing a lot of flapping & whether they can get their toes off the ground with clipped wings. As long as they can lift themselves with clipped wings I would keep clipping.
     
  5. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

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    Yeh, just clip the wings to be on the safe side.
     
  6. Apyl

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    Are you saying hatchery Mallards don't fly? I thought all Mallards could fly if not clipped.

    ETA: I'm not trying to argue I'm just curious what the norm is. I purchased 7 Hatchery Mallards.
     
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  7. Apyl

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    I would just watch and go from there. My mallards started flying around 8 weeks old, at first its spurts and low flying then it will get higher and longer.
     
  8. fowl farm

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    I can't wait for my Mallards to fly!
     
  9. Nsampsel

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    It all depends on their wing strength & how fat they get. I know my 3 month old drakes could fly if I didn't clip their wings & they came from a hatchery.
     
  10. m.kitchengirl

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    My friend at work just told me the saddest story about the day his Rouens flew away when he was a boy. It was heartbreaking.
    Clip a wing, to be safe.
     

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