As some of you know, we acquired a rescue baby Mallard when a neighbor's dog attacked the family as they were strolling in our neighborhood and mama did not return. We were raising her with the intention of releasing her, since we found out were not able to legally keep a mallard that is not from a hatchery. We have been waiting for her to get all her feathers in, however, so that she can swim well and fly to escape if she needs to. Our Metzer babies are coming this week, but will be in the brooder for a bit, so there was no rush to get her out of the coop/yard. Well, yesterday she told us it was time and made the decision herself--something startled her, and she FLEW--not just over the 6 foot fence, but over the trees against the fence as well. She landed in the neighbor's backyard, and my girls and I had a time getting her back (since they weren't home, it involved a little trespassing lol). Unless I clipped her feathers, she was going to continue to go over fences, and the neighbors in question have dogs, so it just wouldn't be safe. One of my daughters and the neighbor girl who brought her to us originally after the attack accompanied me to the pond. We chose a spot away from the other ducks, and released her. I was worried she might be nervous, but she was so excited to get in the water! She was a little shy when a few other female ducks came to investigate, but she seemed to like the mud hens. Here she is when she was brought to us: We will miss her, but she will get to continue the life she was meant to lead before it was interrupted by the dog.