Our 3-month old mallard ran off this evening around 9:00. He is semi-wild and stays out most of the time, but we put him in the coop with the chickens at night for protection. He always hangs out near the coop and ranges with the chickens every evening. He was in the pool the last time I spotted him...then just gone. We looked ALL OVER our yard and the neighbor's yards. What could have happened? I'm so worried about what might get him at night. I'm guessing dogs are the worst. We live in Indiana...we've got owls, hawks, coons, possums, dogs and cats out there...also coyotes occasionally. I just feel awful about this... UPDATE: 2 Days after Darwin the duck's disappearance, he returned for a visit with us. He arrived in the morning and spent all day eating and lazing around in his pool. The kids fed him worms and he seemed content. I learned that a friend of mine about a mile down the road with a large pond noticed an extra Mallard that had joined in with his flock. Hmmm. We banded Darwin with a 7/16" legband. At about 9:30 PM the same evening, he flew off again! Apparently, he is making his way in the wild duck world and we may be blessed with an occasional visit from him!!! I am awaiting word from my friend to see if Darwin has re-joined his flock, which will hopefully be apparent with evidence of the leg band. Pretty cool, huh?!!!