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Mallard Ducks - Lady iHop of Quackington (50 replies)

Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

I mentioned in another post about an injured female mallard who set up camp in our backyard several weeks ago. Here is a picture of her and her companion. There is also a video of them swimming (and several other duck videos are on our YouTube channel, baby ducks included!). 

Here's the full description of the video:

Lady iHop of Quackington, as we have dubbed her, has been here for about 5 weeks now. The fur on the back of her neck has grown back in, and the limp from the injury on her right foot is almost completely gone. The most improvement we've seen with the limp has been in the past few days (we don't know how she was injured, but she showed up and decided to camp out in the backyard to recover and hide from all the attacking male mallards).

Males have landed in the backyard, but she poofs up and quacks really loud because they try to attack her (and we run them off so they don't get near her). The male with her in this video showed up about one week ago. She didn't poof up or quack like crazy so we let him stay, and she seems to really enjoy the companionship.

The head bobbing you see them doing is communication and a mating sign. When they are in the water, the male will usually start bobbing his head first, and then she will start after and usually allow him to mate her. Other times she swims around, bobs her head, and jumps out of the pool as if to say, thanks, but no thanks, as she did in this video.

Since she's doing much better, we expect her to leave and head back to her pond soon. That will give us a break from having to clean the pool so often!

https://youtu.be/IpB1zZR-7JE

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Melissa Smith
2 years ago
Melissa Smith 2 years ago

How cute is that?! I love ducks!

Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

She laid another egg this morning. That's one a day for 9 days. I wonder how many more she has in there!  None of them were viable from last week, and we're checking the new ones at 3 and 6 days in case there are babies inside. I had to search to learn about duck reproduction. The things we do for animals!

Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

Another day, another egg! Number 10 dropped this morning. Just when we think she's done, out pops another.

Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

Day 11, egg 11. She's not a big duck, so we can't believe she's still laying eggs every day. Almost to a dozen!

Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

And we have a dozen. Egg number 12 dropped this morning. 

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Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

Lucky (or unlucky, depending on your belief) number 13 dropped around 9:30am CST. Good grief it looks like she has more in there.

We checked the previous eggs since they are around the 6-day mark, and there are no indications of baby ducks coming anytime soon. 

Melissa Smith
2 years ago
Melissa Smith 2 years ago

Aw that's a bummer -- but with 13 so far it might be a good thing. That's a lot of baby ducks!!

Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

She's up to 15 eggs now, and it looks like she still has more in there. 

Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

Today makes 16 - geez that's a lot of eggs!

Melissa Smith
2 years ago
Melissa Smith 2 years ago

Imagine if they all hatched. There would be a flock of baby ducks! Sounds like heaven to me!


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