Mallard ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by frugal farmer, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. frugal farmer

    frugal farmer In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2014
    North central Indiana
    I have chickens and would like to get mallard ducks. They are a family favorite at our family cabin in the U.P. I have no idea how they will get along with chickens or if they will even stay all year long..... Any advice?
  2. Eluria

    Eluria Chirping

    Jul 31, 2014
    I don't know about the chickens, but since Mallards can and will fly I imagine you might need to clip their wings if you want them to stay all year. Our rescue Mallard started flying as soon as all her wing feathers were in--about 7-8 weeks.

    My husband is from Michigan--he tells me he is embarrassed that we are not raising our ducks for food since that is what ducks are good for up there. I told him that they ARE going to give us food--yummy eggs--and that's what he gets for marrying a California girl ;)
  3. smonkeySK

    smonkeySK Chirping

    Dec 20, 2013
    wigan uk
    Out of all my birds the mallard is the most anti social towards the chucks.
    Don't know if domesticated mallards are any better but mine certainly has a nasty streak where chickens are concerned.

    As for flight - my mallard is the most adventurous so I would clip wings or net off their area if you want them to stay.

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