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Molly the Motherly Mallard

May 22, 2010

About a week ago I discovered a female Mallard duck nesting in our front yard under a bush. We’ve become close friends, or at least I’d like to think so, and I’m doing my best to keep her safe and comfortable. She goes by the name of Molly. Molly likes cracked corn, cool water to drink, and long waddles on the beach.

Her due date is around June 10th and I’m quite excited. I’ll keep you all posted on her condition because I know you’re on the edge of your seat like I am. OK, maybe you’re not. I’m just an animal nut and I can’t help but to get excited about this opportunity to watch mother nature in action. Unfortunately, mother nature can be a cold, indifferent and ruthless thing so I’m going to try to help Molly as much as possible. When her chicks are born I’m hopefully going to lead them down to the pond at the end of our subdivision, all the while navigating around the storm drains that could easily swallow up her young.

Molly the Mallard's Eggs

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5 Responses to “Molly the Motherly Mallard”

  1. Wrafter on May 28th, 2010 1:01 am

    What are you feeding that Mallard duck? That doesn’t look very appetizing! But I love the shelter you’ve devised. Molly must be loving life.

  2. Chris O'Connor on May 29th, 2010 1:07 am

    That bowl has a scoopful of cracked corn in some water. As you can imagine ducks tend to eat food that is either underwater or on the damp shore. From what I’ve read cracked corn is both nutritious and delicious for Mallards, but Molly doesn’t seem too impressed with this menu.

    I recently tried some diced tomatoes and lettuce and she turned up her nose to that too. And a feed store sold me some “chick starter” that the baby chicks will enjoy, but Momma Mallard wasn’t impressed with that either. The only thing she seems to like is cracked corn and she doesn’t eat more than a few bites at a time. She drinks the water all day long though so I’m glad to be able to provide something for her.

    It rained earlier today and the shelter kept her and her eggs dry.

  3. new home builder on May 29th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Cute and lovely. I love my pets just like you. Keep posting more like this.

  4. find a plumber on June 3rd, 2010 6:34 am

    Nice image.Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Home Builders in San Antonio on July 13th, 2011 3:09 am

    Nice picture,Thanks

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