It’s difficult recognizing which ducklings go with which hens these days. You can expect a few dull posts as I sort out things. All season I’ve attempted to get a grip on the survival rate of ducklings at the Brighton millpond. This will help me do it.
These two hens appear to share mothering duties occasionally. I’ll find the two ducklings remaining (of five) in Brood 20 (left) bedding down for the night with the one remaining duckling (of two) from Brood 21 (below right). One of the moms stays near them, but the other will be elsewhere hobnobbing with buddies. The two broods were hatched four days apart (July 3 and 7).
The hens must have been friends prior to nesting. They get along better than most hens (below left) and allow their young to intermingle. Hens usually gather their ducklings together and keep them at some distance from other ducks to avoid conflicts with other family groups.