why could a female duck be alone all summer?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Paraguas, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Paraguas

    Paraguas New Egg

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    We have a fairly large pond in the backyard. There is a female duck that is ALWAYS alone. She practically lives in this surrounding area. She swims and quack. Sometimes makes a few splashes. She goes bottom up sometimes, and I imagine she's eating things that live in the water. Its really sad though, because she's never with other ducks. Last year, there was a pair of ducks (couple) in the pond, but this year its only a female. What could be wrong?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Is this a wild mallard? she maybe a young one who hasn't met up with prince charming yet. [​IMG]
     
  3. Paraguas

    Paraguas New Egg

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    the males look like mallards around here, so Im assuming she's a mallard. She's fairly small, but Im not sure whether she's young or not.

    There are many ponds around our neighborhood and usually they are full of ducks. I've never seen a duck alone, and that's what has bothered me. Do you know if couples move locations every year? I was wondering if this is the female from last year who is now alone.

    I read that female ducks do not fair well alone and they get depressed. I guess there's nothing I can do for wild ducks, huh?

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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Not much you can do, but either she has lost her mate or she is young and doesn't have one yet but will next year. I don't know what part of the US your in or even if you are but once migration starts she'll move on with a flock hopefully. desert darlene is the pro on Wild ducks on here so hopefully she can answer about whether they move locations or not that I don't know. I do hope she will go to where there are others though because there is safety in numbers. And it's very nice that your concerned about her too.
     
  5. blsilver

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    We too have a single female duck in our neighborhood and I was wondering why she might be alone. I did think perhaps she had lost her mate but I didn't think about her not having one yet. We live in town and while there are a lot of ducks in the park by the river there are at least 2 pairs and this single female that are choosing to hang out in the neighborhood. I did notice yesterday that she will not join the pair even for feeding. They come and feed at my bird feeder (under it) and she had come to eat but as they approached she puffed up and quacking crossed the road so I put some cracked corn over there so she could go ahead and eat.
     

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