I went out to get my Pilgrim pair and the ducklings from the pond and the ducklings wouldn't follow. So I look a little closer and they are hanging out with a pair of Mallards. I try to call them and shake their food (I only feed 2x a day so usually they are running after me) and they swim over near me, then the Mallard drake swims after them and they follow him away! DH and 2 of the border collies come out to chase away the Mallards, I get the geese to go back in the water to remind the ducklings where they live and then they come out of the water all as a group. Even then, DH had to herd them back to the pen! Could they fly away with the Mallards at this age (8 1/2 weeks)? I think I will just feed once a day in the pm from now on. They seem to find a lot to eat in the pond, and they eat the seed heads off the grass so maybe they aren't hungry. Silly, ungrateful ducklings!