Wild Mallards Visiting

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by akcountrygrrl, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Songster

    Apr 3, 2010
    Nenana, AK
    So, last night three wild Mallards stopped by to partake of the lovely mud puddle in my driveway right behind my truck. Well, I let my birds out today and within an hour the Mallards were back wandering around the yard with my domestic poultry including turkeys, khaki Campbells, Muscovies, and Toulouse geese. In fact, they've been out there all evening. One of the drakes is about 5 yards from the back door right now. So, I've been researching to make sure there aren't any infectious diseases they can pass on to my birds and can't, fortunately, find any. I don't believe they are domestic Mallards that have escaped from someone. The other option would be someone dumped them but the fact that they were gone this morning and showed back up this afternoon leads me to believe they are wild. I'm sure once the swamp thaws out, they will move out to one of the ponds there but right now it's just neat to watch them and it's a pleasant surprise that they will interact with my birds so easily. As soon as I figure out how to download the pics from my camera, I'll post some pics.
  2. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Songster

    Jul 12, 2010
    North Eastern Arizona
    Can't wait to see the pictures.
  3. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    The only problem I can think of is interbreeding, mallards are notorious for interbreeding with other species of ducks, you might actually end up with some hybrids on your hands...that is if you plan on incubating any eggs this year...but then the hybrids are always interesting so that might be a good thing.

    In any case, I can't wait to see the pics. [​IMG]
  4. jason_mazzy

    jason_mazzy Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    or disease from your flock to the wild one

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