Every morning when we let the chickens out of their coop for the day, we are greeted by this scene:
A lovely "wild" Mallard pair eagerly waiting for their snack. They showed up on the creek in November and we threw them cracked-corn. Now it is January and they are part of the morning routine.
As seen here, they even venture into the chicken coop yard to make we don't forget about them. They are not afraid but the chickens will chase them away if their food feels threatened.
Sorry it is a blurry picture - but I had my hands full of chicken-scratch and the camera was on the wrong setting.
All the chicken web-sites, chicken books, and experts agree: Avoid allowing wild game birds into chicken areas to keep diseases and foreign bacteria away from the chickens.
Well, I've been trying, but those ducks want their morning snack! So, I shoo them out of the coop yard and we take a little walk back down to the creek, where I throw the Scratch along the bank.
When we moved, I told Dave I wanted ducks in the spring. We planned on purchasing some Cayuga ducks but now that I have some Mallard friends, I'm content to wait until we are more settled and have a duck home ready.
Besides, I suspect this spring I'll have some more ducks coming to visit for snacks.