To Fly or not to Fly. I just adopted two ducks, a mallard "mix" drake and a rouen hen. Well, stupid me. I was told that they don't fly - just about two feet hops you know...and was putting them into a bigger pen with a pool and the hen flew off!!! What to do with the drake? I have 7 girls he can have if he doesn't fly off first or the girls don't chase him out of the yard. I can let him just fly off after his hen or should I be thinking of releasing him closer to a more natural habitat like a pond or river or bay. I was in the process of introducing them slowly to my birds and hoping to keep them. lol. If the drake is just going to fly off anyway, should i let him go after his hen? GOOD news! During my walk today, I mentioned to the neighbor's boy that I was looking for my duck hen. And about 5:30 pm he came over to tell me, "we have your duck we have your duck! Well almost have her.. She is in the briars and we have her surrounded." lol. These kids were on a mission. Climbing around the stickers and thru, shining the flash light on her as she headed this way then back again. Finally, I saw an opening to where we could get to her and one of the boys went in. I followed behind and asked them to let me grab her. I reached down thru the briars and was able to put my hand on her back while I went under with my other hand and yayyyy! Got her. I thanked the boys over and over for being so determined and my heros! They even walked me home.