Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard Ducks are a bantam duck, or miniature breed that is native to the northern Hemisphere. They are very common waterfowl, and despite habitat losses, they continue to thrive in city parks and ponds. All domestic ducks, except Muscovies are considered to have descended from the wild Mallard.
Uses: Dog training, Hunting, Ornamental, Pets
Personality: Calm and social amongst other fowl, very skiddish around people
Suitable housing: Aviary
Capable of flight: Yes, excellent fliers
Weight: 2 - 2.5 lbs
Noise level: Very loud
Egg production: Fair
Egg colors: Blue, Green, Tinted, White
Meat production: Fair
What else you should know:
In North America, Mallard ducks, like all native birds, are protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This makes it illegal to remove any Mallard or Mallard eggs from the wild or keep any wild bred Mallard as a pet. In the U.S. only captive bred Mallards that have been properly marked may be kept as a pet without permits. They can be marked by removal of the hind toe on the right foot, pinioning, banding, or tattooing a foot. Marking must be done by 6 weeks of age. Other local and state regulations may also apply to the keeping pet Mallards. Be sure to check with your state’s fish and game department before acquiring one as a pet.
good egg layers, adorable baby ducklings, huge personalities, beautiful colors, pond ducks
real small children, big enough yard, predator, space, wild nature, neighborhood dog
little kiddy pool, low maintenance pets
Beautiful and Easy to Feed Yet Shy
These ducks have beautiful colors. The males have this glossy dark green head and gray wings and belly while the females have brown brown-speckled plumage.
Ours at home enjoy a free range set up. They have this special place near our river. They are good at foraging and eat river plants, crustaceans, worms, roots and more. We feed them with wheat bran and pollard in the morning and evening.
However, I observed that these ducks are shy. They do not like going near to people and other animals even though they always see you. Whenever I go near, they all run in a company. Well, they run in a group. They seem to be very united as ducks. hahaha. But when they see me bringing food, oh, they are not shy anymore. hahaha. So food is the key to becoming close to these ducks.
And oh, ducks are so cute when they are resting. They turn their head towards their upper back. And, they have orange colored legs.
These ducks run slow too. In fact, a few of them had been bitten by one of our dogs. Nonetheless, these ducks are tough. They do not get sick easily.
Ours are just growing so they have not laid eggs yet but I heard from one farm owner that they produce good quality of eggs..
From Evane Oct 8 2014 1:32AM
Ponds and Lakes look better with ducks in them
These ducks kind of adopted us on the farm. We had a pond, not a huge pond, but enough for 8 ducks, and they just moved in not long after us and stayed there til we left. We never really did much with them, never tried to sell them or eat them, and there were males, so we didn't try the eggs for fear that a duckling was inside. We did used to feed them old bread and scraps, which is good for kids to do, and good to teach them about not wasting food as well.
The ducks are not special looking, and very common type in New Zealand, but they are by no means plain or ugly, the boys as ducks always are, are showier and have more colours, and the girls are a speckled brown.
* Low to no maintenance, if you have a pond (that's not brand new and has some plants and pond life in it) the ducks will look after themselves.
* They're a nice looking breed of duck
* No health problems, or behavioural problems with other ducks or animals
* If you feed them they are friendly and will come right up to you and kids
* They quack, day and night, these ones seemed very talkative, and had a few arguments with each other as well
* Having male birds there too, the eggs were probably all fertilised, and the females on their own aren't as nice looking as the males, eggs look plain too
* They attract more ducks, and they breed, if you're not feeding them and don't mind the noise and duck poo then it's fine, but you want to limit them somehow.
* They're not for profit, you may be able to sell the meat, but it's not any special kind, and they are not large muscular ducks, just average. They are usually found in the wild, and in public parks etc, not many people purposely own them.
They decorate ponds nicely, and kids love to have them there, but then again, no need for this type of duck at your house, it's not a meat duck really, and you and your kids can usually find a nearby park with ducks anyway. They are nice to have, but not necessary..
From Christinaruth Sep 20 2015 12:39AM
My parents adopted a duck when I was younger, we called him Quackers. We actually called him many things, none that I can type here! Quackers was a stunningly beautiful creature, with a personality that made me think he was sent from the devil himself. When you have to dress in full body armor just to access the back yard, there is something very wrong. Quackers was the most hostile, evil creature I had ever met. There was an uneasy feeling around the farm yard for the two weeks we had Quackers. The goats stop producing milk, the chickens refused to lay eggs, the sheep sheared themselves and the cattle rounded themselves up and went to live on our neighbours farm! My family started to resemble a tomb of newly discovered Egyptian Mummies, this was due to Quackers unprovoked attacks! What ever happened to 'Don't bite the hand that feeds you?'
One spring day, after almost two weeks of being terrorised, I went outside and to my sheer amazement the cattle were home, the sheep looked calm, the hens were laying eggs by the dozen and the goats needed milking! Quackers was nowhere to be seen, this really was a beautiful morning. I asked Dad where the dreaded drake was and he told me he awoke at 3 am and wrestled that demonic duck for over and hour, put him in a cage and went for a drive to the next town a few miles away. This beautiful town had a lovely park and picnic area which overlooked the lake. Scattered around the lake, in and out of the water were ducks! Dad had released the duck at the lake and driven home. Fast.
We have visited the lake since and we looked out for Quakers, cautiously peering out at the lake, hoping he didn't spot us. There were so many ducks that we couldn't spot him! Relief.
We read an article in the newspaper some time after we donated Quackers to the lake, 'The lake project was coming along beautifully with the latest addition of newly hatched ducklings.'
I have decided not to visit the lake anymore because if Quackers is the daddy to these ducklings, this would be the beginning of a horror story!.
From NoahsBark Mar 8 2015 8:58PM