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Monday, June 20, 2011

Mallard Ducklings

We have been given 9 mallard ducklings to care for. A nearby farmer found the nest in his hayfield while he was mowing his hay. The mother was scared away, so he collected the eggs & put them in an incubator. They hatched a couple of days ago. He says it can be hard to raise them since they are a wild duck, but we will try to keep them alive for the 6 weeks it takes for their feathers to come in. After that they will be free to go. :-)

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2 comments:

  1. I don't have any mallards in my flock just for that reason. I have a covered pen but don't want to have to worry about them when I let them out to forage. Ducklings are always wonderful to have though. Good luck with yours.

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  2. I've got some month old Indian Runners. They don't (ever) fly, but they've been super easy to raise so far! There's a section on Back Yard Chickens.com just for ducks. I'm sure you can find some helpful suggestions there!!

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