I have 2 mallard x call ducks that are about 2 months old. They've been in a "temporary" enclosure for about 6 weeks, outside. All has been relatively fine until today. I came home from work and the ducks were GONE, must have flown over. However, a few minutes later I hear them quacking and they're out by the chicken run fence. They look happy. I come outside and the chickens run to the gate as usual (because I *might* bring them a treat or let them out), and the ducks run to the gate too (on the outside): So I figure all's well... the ducks haven't run away (yet) and they come running to me when I come out the human house door and they love getting grapes and meal worms. ... And so I let the chickens out to free range. Well as soon as the chickens started coming out of the gate the ducks (both of them) started squirming their little heads up the chickens back and jumping on them like they were trying to mate/mount or ride/play with the chickens. So... has anyone ever seen this before between ducks and chickens? I've read a few other posts where ducks (of both sexes) mount each other in a fun/play or in a springtime hormonal urge kind of way, but with chickens??!! No one seemed to get hurt and the chickens were thoroughly freaked out about the whole thing, running from these strange creatures that quack and try to ride them. So was it fun (they want to be part of the herd?) or was it mean/dominance?