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  • Hens can nest on the ground, among dead grass and
    reeds, near the edges of lakes and reservoirs, on top of muskrat lodges, and in marshes – sometimes up to a half mile away from water.
  • Hens produce 8-10 light green eggs in a clutch, which she will sit on for 30 days.
  • If the nest is destroyed, the hen can produce another clutch in the same season.
  • After males abandon their mates, they begin to lose their feathers. This process is called molting. They have one large loss of wing feathers during molting in a plumage cycle.
  • After molting, the birds can’t fly for a period of time. The flightless period can last from 18-37 days. In fact, flight capabilities are reduced just before the feathers are lost.
  • Ducklings emerge from their eggs by using a specialized hardened “Egg tooth”.
  • After emerging from the egg, the ducklings are allowed to dry completely – then they’re led to the water for their first swim.
  • It takes about two months before the ducklings can fly.
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