RED BANK, NJ: Quick shot of mama mallard and her ten ducklings on the Navesink River this afternoon paddling along towards the dock of the Atrium senior living facility.

Baby Mallards are called ducklings.  A mother duck will usually lay around 10 or so eggs. She tends the eggs by herself in a nest.  Shortly after the ducklings hatch out of the eggs, the mother duck will lead them to the water.

From that point on, they usually do not return to the nest. Baby ducklings are ready to go within a few hours after they hatch. They can swim, waddle, feed themselves, and find food right away.

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Their mother will watch over them and help protect them for the next few months.

After around two months, the ducklings can fly and will become independent.

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