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Cute Baby Ducks Follow Man Around Yard

August 6th, 2020

Has anyone here ever looked out their backdoor and found a flock of ducklings waiting for you?

I didn’t think so, but this guy has and it seems like a daily experience. He looks out his backdoor and there they are, a whole gaggle of baby ducklings and their mother. And they’re waiting for him to open the door and come outside. What’s going on here?
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Can Johnny Come Out to Play?

When the camera rolls the guy sees over a dozen ducklings and their momma duck, looking into the house at the back door.
The guy behind the camera says, “There are the monsters.”
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He hasn’t even had his morning coffee yet and this is the scene. He opens the door and the ducklings all seem to know him personally. He asks them to watch out as he slowly swings open the door, and the cute little ones oblige. Then they follow him around the yard.
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Proud Momma

Their momma is completely alright with these little ones following this human, she actually dawdles right along behind as well. Is it possible that these ducklings have used their instincts for “imprinting” on a human?

Mental Floss explains the concept…

“The basic thought behind imprinting is as follows: a newly hatched duckling will adopt characteristics of the first animal they see. This is usually a mother duck, but could be anything from a dog to a human.”

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Raising Ducks

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, raising ducks is an alternative or addition to raising chickens for their delicious eggs. A great reason to consider keeping a backyard flock of ducks is that their fresh eggs are tastier than storebought and they also have more nutrients. Duck eggs are about 30% larger than chicken eggs, and they are more reliable for laying their eggs year-round than chicken.

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Duck Egg Delights

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says, “Highly prized by some pastry chefs since their higher fat content makes baked goods rise higher, duck eggs do contain more cholesterol and calories than chicken eggs, but also taste a bit richer and more “eggy” and contain more vitamins than chicken eggs, as well as more protein, Omega-3 and iron.”

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Most Likely Hangry

Do they want to play? Are they interested in what’s on the television? Or are they members of the US Census Bureau knocking on your door to help make sure you fill out the form? Well maybe, but most likely these ducks are just plain hungry. And the guy behind the camera is the one who feeds them. Which makes it seem like they may also be “hangry” which is a state when you are hungry and angry at the same time. And the guy who feeds them may have overslept.
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YouTubers have some funny ideas about this situation…
Mama Duck: “OK, they’re yours for the weekend. See you Monday!”
Mother Duck : “I know we’re not together anymore, but the kids wanted to see their father.”
“One possible explanation- The guy was dressed as a duck!”
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If you know someone who’d love to see these hatchlings scurry about the yard then pass this along. These little ducklings are adorable, even if they might be hangry. And maybe you want a cute flock of hungry little “monsters” to wake you up every morning? Do you hear a sizzling duck egg omelet for a future family breakfast? Maybe a backyard barnyard is in your future.

Check out this man’s hilarious “wake up” call every morning below!

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Source: Ron Domhult, Mental Floss, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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