Do normal mallard ducklings dive down???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by xxalykxx, May 1, 2009.

  1. xxalykxx

    xxalykxx Out Of The Brooder

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    Recently, I saw a bunch of mallard-looking ducklings diving about 2 to 3 feet under the water, staying submerged for almost three seconds. It is the first time I have ever seen malllards or any breed of newborn ducklings dive down that far or staying under that long. They were only about 2 1/2, some being close to 3-4 inches long, very teeny!
    SOOOOO cute!

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  2. barnwife

    barnwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup, some do, especially if they are wild. Mine do a bit at times...except the ones that don't like to swim....
     
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Yes they dive, it is usually the best place to hide.
     
  4. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    We just recently got baby Mallards, and they do the same thing. The first time they did, I thought they drowned. [​IMG] I had no idea they could stay under water for that long. [​IMG]

    Paula
     
  5. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boy do they my mallards are big time divers...Even my 3 week old babies..The first thing they do when I put them in the tub is go diving....I need some fish [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2009
  6. Shanay235

    Shanay235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the wild, to escape predators, ducklings will dive, grasp hold of a piece of a plant and hold on so they don't float back up. I don't know how long they can stay submerged like this but it works.
     

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