The Ducks Are Moving In

By: aSigiam , 5:42 PM GMT on April 02, 2008

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For some reason we had five mallard ducks waddling to our front yard last week. There are 4 males and 1 female. Since we live in a fairly normal suburban neighborhood setting this seemed to be very odd. There is a lake nearby and several ponds in the surrounding area but none next to our house. They started showing up Tuesday morning then later that evening. We fed them some bread on Tuesday so they started showing up pretty much on schedule for the next three days. We set out a bowl of water and fed them breakfast and dinner. The kids really enjoyed it and got a kick out of one almost coming into the house when I left the door open while getting more bread. We haven’t seen them for several days now, I am hoping they come back for grasshopper season. I have some pictures that I will try to upload later.

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3. aSigiam
6:23 PM GMT on April 03, 2008
thanks yellowstoner and jt2 for the info. I will tell my neighbors and go to the feed store and see if there is something better there to feed them.
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2. jt2
5:06 PM GMT on April 03, 2008
Hi. I truly dont want to make ya feel bad or ruin your wildlife encounter BUT. Many people think that it is a good thing to feed bread to birds and ducks. While it makes folk feel better to do so, it does the birds very little good, in fact in many cases it is bad for the birds.
The reason being is that there is hardly any nutritional value in bread for birds and while the bird may feel satisfied at the time, the bread provides no real nutritional benefit.
It can also be potentially dangerous if too much bread been eaten by a bird as their digestive tracts were not designed to cope with bread, and dry bread in particular can swell up inside a bird and cause blockages preventing them from absorbing much needed nutrients. These blockages can sometimes be fatal.
Just thought you should know
If you want to feed them bread, then granary bread or wholemeal bread with seeds and grains incoporated into the bread is a better option as it pads out the diet slightly and gives them the extra seed which helps them digest fat and produce more energy from their food.
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1. yellowstoner
2:00 PM GMT on April 03, 2008
Based on my observations the following will happen. The four males, buddies now, will start to pick on each other and become aggressive until one is left. you may see the final pair off and on as they move around to feed. at some point you will see only the male or female and wonder what happened to the other. One's staying home on the nest while the other feeds. At some point the male may show up but not the female. the eggs have hatched. Then one day they won't be back at all. They have left for the migration. If they liked your place the same pair will be back at the same time next year and repeat the cycle. We have a pond and I watched this all last year and the pair showed up today. They nest somewhere else but always come to feed in the morning and again in the evening.

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Gardening has been one of my hobbies as well as photography and just being outdoors.

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