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mallard duck in question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sun569, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. sun569

    sun569 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was recently startled by a female mallard duck, as I unknowingly got to close to her nest. Up against the side of my house, behind my dead brush from last years mum plant but also in my main garden. She is sitting on 8 eggs.

    A couple questions? One, I know when I till next weekend, it'll scare her to death, but will she return when things calm back down? Second, since I have no clue how long she has been sitting on them, what if she is still there when I need to put in my garden in a couple weeks? Will her and the chicks eat my newly planted garden?

    Thanks in advance. Did sneak a picture so I could see her close up:)

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  2. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless you live right next to a body of water, a few days after the ducklings hatch she should lead them away to a pond or something. I can't say for certain if she will or will not come back after you till, some ducks would so ducks wouldn't it depends on the duck. You could try and not till the area a foot or 2 around her to see if she'll stand her ground.
     
  3. sun569

    sun569 Out Of The Brooder

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    at the back of our property, on the neighbors property, their is a huge pond/small lake. So, I am sure she will be gone with her ducklings, after they hatch. Do you think she will eat my garden vegetables prior to leaving? That's what I am concerned about and of course if she will return after tilling. Where she built the nest, it will be about 2 feet away, so I am good there. Thanks!
     
  4. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She might snack bit on your plants but seeing how few ducklings she'll have the damage should be minimal. Again I can't be certain if she'll come back after you till, she may think you ate her eggs and leave. I will be optimistic and say her motherly instincts will override her fear and chances are good she'll return. She'll probably take her ducklings to the pond, though they may hangout for a few days while the babies get nice and strong for the journey.
     
  5. sun569

    sun569 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hope all goes well....as I found her nest yesterday, and she few off most likely to distract, we trimmed and cut the grass, and feared she would not return, but see her sitting all day today that's when I snapped the pictures, at a distance of course.

    Hope all goes well....thanks a lot!
     
  6. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a hen mallard that came in to my place with a drake in tow, for many years. Don't even know if it was the same hen. Anyway, for a while they would come and eat chicken food at feeding time, then take a bath in the stock tank, then wander around a bit. After a week or two of that, and Drake fights if another Drake would show up, they would get things figured out and the hen would go off to sit on her nest. Never did see it, and if my dogs found it, they did not bother her. The drake would hang out for a while, then head back to the ponds behind our place.. Once or twice I saw her headed back to the pond with her brood in tow. Most years, I never saw her go. I don't think she stayed this year. I stopped tossing feed on the ground like I used to do. She and a drake were here for a couple of days, then moved on. I didn't have a garden, but I would not worry. Once the babies are hatched, she will head back to her pond.
     
  7. LYNN TIMMER

    LYNN TIMMER New Egg

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    I have just bought 10 Mallard duckings. Have in my storage room with a heat lamp .. How long to I keep them there before moving out into our pond. I have a fenced in pool area... It that a good place to start or is pool water ( with the chemicals ) not good for them.???? I do not want them to young to be placed in our pond, fear of something killing them !!! I would love to get them use to me and times of feeding, so they will come to me ! Later , after in pond , will they eat field corn ! Any help is greatly appreciated.. I want this to be a success for my babies
    Thank you
     
  8. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you specifically buy mallards or do they just look like mallards? Just asking because my tractor supply sells rouen ducklings as mallards. They look very similar except rouen ducklings have two stripes on their face. Mallards only have one.
    Also mallards will fly away when they get their feathers......
    They prob wont be able to go to the pond till they are fully feathered- 6 weeks or so.
    And they will need an enclosure to go into at night so they dont get eaten by anything.
    I dont know how others deal with pools/ we dont have a big one. But i wouldnt want them spending much time in there. Ducks poop as soon as they get in water. And poop alot. And they drink alot of the water they are in. So i would be worried about the chemicals.....
    Also if you want them tame and to come to you for treats you will need to start right away. You have to spend alot of time with ducklings while they are small to keep them tame and not skittish around you:)
    Mine are about 2 weeks old. And very tame now. The first couple days tho they were very skittish and ran like crazy when i tried to catch them. Now when i sit with them they crawl all over my lap and fall asleep on me. All nibble on my fingers. Eat treats from my hands. But i spend time every morning and eveing with them.
    How old are your ducklings?
     

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