My daughter and I picked out some mallard ducklings (Alexander and Eliza) in April and what an adventure it has been! They went from living in a brooder in the house to them taking over the back yard. We live very close to a lake, so I honestly thought they would fly away. I guess they like it here! We put in a pond for them and gave them an extra large dog crate with a tarp on the top to keep them dry and safe at night. We lucked out by getting a hen and a drake. They are inseparable and are such an adorable pair, although, I have to admit, Alexander is the sweeter one. He let's me hold him and he follows me around like a puppy. Eliza is now laying eggs and has been for a month. 18 of her eggs were donated to the school's Science program where they are being incubated. She has a few nests in the yard, but her favorite is under a fern in my raised bed against the fence. That is now her "go to" nest to lay eggs. She only nests for an hour in the AM and then she gets bored, so we have decided to start eating the eggs. That was a really hard decision to make! I do have a few questions about these sweet babies that I hope someone can answer: I thought mallard hens only lay a clutch of 12 eggs. We are on egg 30... What is making Eliza such an overachiever? Her eggs are now swirled which I think is a calcium deficiency. They both eat organic egg layer pellets and kale, dandelions and snails are some of their favorite snacks. What else should I add? Is the layer food OK for the drake? They graze all day, so I wouldn't know how to separate their food.