For our enjoyment we've been raising ducks for several years on our little pond. We've raised Muscovy, Pekin, Swedish Blue and Cayuga ducks. This year on April fool's day one of our female mallards hatched nine baby ducks. My sister and I were washing our hands at the back door of my farmhouse when she looked over toward the pond and said, "What is that? Are those baby ducks?"
Sure enough, it was. I cannot tell you how exciting it was to see all those cute baby ducks at our pond. They had just left the nest and made their way to the water moments earlier. After all the years of ordering baby ducks online or buying them from a local farm supply store we finally had our own little baby ducks.
Mallards are a very special ducks to raise on a farm. Even though they are considered a wild duck they actually become very tolerant of people. We can't catch them but they will let us get within a few feet of them. The mallards never fly away but they do like to fly around the farm and the surrounding homes and are always in and out of the ditches on the property.
Mallards in Flight
This group of mallards are especially fond of taking flight. They are constantly flying in and out of the water. One or two at the time, or sometimes all of them fly together. It's so cool to be standing outside and the ducks circle overhead. What's interesting is that they never fly around more than three times but always more than once.
We had been preparing all year for our daughter's vow renewal ceremony. She'd asked if she could have it by the pond on our farm. Since our mallards are always flying around it, we had an idea they would show off during her ceremony and indeed they did. As soon as one of the song's started playing two of the mallards flew out of the water directly behind the bride and groom, circled the property and came around the wedding twice and landed back in the same place where they took off...it was one of those "aaawwwwwhhhh" moments. The pastor and guest actually thought we had trained them to take flight at such a touching moment in the ceremony. I wished I'd gotten the entire scene on video but unfortunately this is the only clip made showing them flying...happy though that I got it!
Video provided by: Chelsea Monroe