We're seriously considering buying a few Mallard ducklings to raise. We would love it if they were tame enough to be pets. But, we don't really have a good way to house them over the winter. My plan is to raise them in a brooder until they are big and strong enough to be outside. I will gradually introduce them to being on their own in our back yard. We have a 1.5 acre natural (not man made) pond in our back yard. There are already several Mallards out there. That is why I chose Mallards to buy. If we slowly introduce them to the outdoors and let them use the pond on their terms do you think they will fly away for us in the winter? My ideal plan would be to have fun with them in the spring/summer months and then start all over again the next year. I've researched their care pretty thoroughly, but I have found any information on how to encourage them to go out on their own after a few months!