Mallard Problem

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lowcountrypoultry, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have two male mallards, and four females.

    They are almost one year old and when they go through there laying cycle they dont go broody, instead they lay there eggs where they are standing.

    Why dont they set?

    Also...

    They dont fly, they try but cant get up. Why?
    There not fat, at all. So I cant get why this is.


    Thanks for all the help.
     
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where did you get your Mallards from? Buy them as adults, chicks, or eggs?

    Is there any posibility they are pinioned?

    Are you sure they are Mallards and not Rouens?

    Sorry if they seem like stupid questions, just trying to help. LOL

    -Kim
     
  3. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well I bought them as ducklings, the man said they were mallards.

    I dont think there Rouens, but I could be wrong.
     
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About how much do they weigh?

    Do you have pictures of them? With something familiar to compare them to, that way the duck experts on here can help figure out which ones you have.

    Some people call Rouens "Flightless Mallards," I'm wondering if the seller sold you "flightless Mallards"(aka Rouens).

    I am thinking, you may have bought "flightless" Mallards. Rouens are larger than Mallards and sometimes the exhibition Rouens have a very deep keel.

    Post some pics and see if we can help ya out.

    I can't figure out any other reason why your Mallards are grounded. [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You need to remember that not all hens - chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, etc - will go broody. Some never go broody in their life. Simply because they lay an egg doesn't mean they will ever want to sit and hatch that egg.
     
  6. LORDVENOM

    LORDVENOM New Egg

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    Hiya! Sounds like you have Rouens, if you compare them to Mallards they are alot bigger. Most ducks are good layers, but only some are good setters. Out of my 6 females only 2 are good setters.
    Rick
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