Domestic Ducks, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Odd Ducks


Domestic Ducks, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Domestic Ducks


If you have gone for a walk in a park, you may have seen odd ducks.

They may have appeared in unusual colors, they may have crests, or they may have both.

When I first saw such ducks in a local park, I thought I had discovered a new species. I expected fame and recognition for my discovery.

Fortunately the experts at my local Audubon chapter were kind.


Domestic Duck, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Domestic Duck


Actually, these are domestic ducks that had (most likely) been released in your area.

Sometimes people buy a cute chick as a pet and then become shocked when it grows up. An adult duck has many quirks that make it a bothersome house pet (compared to a fuzzy little chick that’s content to stay in a box). For example, they nip, fly, and quack.

So these ducks end up being set loose in a park.

The odd colors are the result of breeding with other domestic ducks or with Mallards.

For info, real Mallards look like the ducks in the photo below.


Mallard - Female (Left), Male (Right) and Five Chicks; © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Mallard – Female (Left), Male (Right) and Five Chicks


Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: See more domestic duck photos appear in:

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Help Birds Tip

Buy pets only when you know what to expect.

Why: Releasing a pet is bad for the pet and bad for the environment. Some perish. Others cause havoc.

Better: First, conduct appropriate research. Then visit Adopt a Pet to locate an animal shelter in your area.


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Please visit the web site for The Trust for Public Land to learn about what they’re doing.


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3 Comments
  • Susan Bulger
    Posted at 21:14h, 18 October

    As always you give such good advice. Learning about a pet before adopting is essential for the happiness of the pet and your family. Each type of creature has different needs. Thank you for reminding us of this.

  • Debra Atlas
    Posted at 13:47h, 20 October

    Steve:

    LOVE these pictures. Made me smile.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Kristin Risley
    Posted at 19:30h, 25 October

    I’ve seen some of those really weird ducks at a pond at NM Tech in Socorro, NM. I thought they had some kind of genetic defect. They looked pretty wacked out. I also saw one of them getting picked on by the more normal looking ducks.

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