Fluff redux 2011: how did this mama Mallard end up with 24 ducklings?

mama Mallard and 24 ducklings mama Mallard and 24 ducklings 
This mama Mallard and 24 ducklings are waddling around the Hidden Valley Park / Valley Pond Townhouse Association neighborhood this week. According to the Wikipedia entry on the Mallard:

The clutch is 8–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledgling. The ducklings are precocial and fully capable of swimming as soon as they hatch.

So how did this lady end up with 24? Adoption?

(I’ve not done a fluff piece on ducks since 2007 so Bruce and Curt, shut up. And John George, that headline is for you.)


  1. john george said:

    Griff- I’m sure that Mallard will find out that duck motherhood is not all it is cracked up to be. She doesn’t even have them all in a row!

    May 16, 2011
  2. Robbie Wigley said:

    ‘It is the funniest thing. Momma duck is herding them. They hit the yard and scatter…. she is just along for the ride. You should see them in the water. There are these little heads bobbing up and down all over the pond, only sort of close to Mom. I can only guess she is thinking…”What Happened?”

    May 16, 2011
  3. john george said:

    Robbie- Do you suppose some other ducks got together and pulled a practical yoke on her? Perhaps her obstetrician was just a quack. It probably wasn’t what she was eggspecting!

    May 17, 2011
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    I’m getting pounded mercilessly by my fluff critics. To you I say:

    Dux no sux you fux!

    May 18, 2011
  5. john george said:

    Griff- What is that? Some kind of swan dive?

    May 19, 2011
  6. Curt Benson said:

    I predict that for covering this important story, Griff and Corey will share a “pullet-zer prize”. (Note: this comment was inserted solely for the enjoyment of John George. All others–please go about your business.)

    May 21, 2011
  7. john george said:

    Curt- Sorry, but you have it all wrong. It is a ” Pullet Surprise” that is awarded.

    May 21, 2011
  8. kiffi summa said:

    OK, y’all… Just admit it… Dixon Bond has lost the title of “Lord of the Pun” to Locally Grown’s own JOHN GEORGE !

    May 21, 2011
  9. Curt Benson said:

    I bow to the greatness that is John George.

    May 22, 2011
  10. john george said:

    Oh, brother!!

    May 22, 2011
  11. john george said:

    Maybe I should just duck out now!

    May 22, 2011

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