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Wild Ducks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WillowPond, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. WillowPond

    WillowPond Hatching

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    Hi everyone. I'm new and live in England in the UK. I came across this site looking for answers about mallards. So I've joined. What I want to know is when does a mallard duckling finally develop his green markings. We have a wild duck who walked into our garden (would you call this a backyard?) and led her 20 ducklings into our small, natural pond. I feed everything that enters our property because we like wildlife so started feeding her and her brood. They stayed for about 90 days, by which time mum had gone and they were practising flying and landing on the pond. Then one day they all took off together, flew over the house and were gone. Their wings sounded like a small motor. A week later Mum waddled back with another 15 and they are still here. The first brood all looked like females to me, even at 90 days. So I want to know if they develop later than that.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    [​IMG] Drakes will molt out of their eclipse plumage and develop their 'drake' colors in late summer through autumn.
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Yes, young wild ducks have female plumage until they mature to help them be less noticeable.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, WillowPond, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Good luck to you and your ducks!
     
  5. WillowPond

    WillowPond Hatching

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    Thank you so much. I guess I'll never know how many were males then.
     
  6. liz9910

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

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    [​IMG] well that is something new I learned today
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    :welcome
     
  9. WillowPond

    WillowPond Hatching

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    Thank you, have contacted them.
     
  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

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