Our Ducks

We always have a number of ducks resident here at Mulberry. We have just two domestic ducks but they are regularly visited by a growing number of wild ducks - they seem to like it here!

The very familiar mallard is a very adaptable species, being able to live and even thrive in urban areas, so life here must be glorious! During the season the female lays eight to thirteen creamy white spotless eggs with incubation taking 28 days.  Marching ducklings is a very regular sight her at Mulberry House!

Ducks

Ducks at Mulberry

INFORMATION

Ducks eat a variety of food sources such as grasses, aquatic plants, fish, insects, small amphibians, worms, and small molluscs.  Dabbling ducks feed on the surface of water or on land, or as deep as they can reach by up-ending without completely submerging. Along the edge of the beak, there is a comb-like structure called a pecten.

This strains the water squirting from the side of the beak and traps any food. The pecten is also used to preen feathers and to hold slippery food items.  Diving ducks and sea ducks forage deep underwater. To be able to submerge more easily, the diving ducks are heavier than dabbling ducks, and therefore have more difficulty taking off to fly.