What a great story with a happy ending! Ducklings are born with their eyes open and a warm coat, and they do not rely entirely on their parents for food. They are able to walk and leave the nest just a few hours after hatching. Mother duck will lead her ducklings up to a half mile or more after hatching, in order to find a suitable water source for swimming and feeding. Being introduced to the world so quickly confuses the little ones, and that’s how they get in trouble. Ducks are very caring mothers. When constructing her nest, a duck will line it with soft down feathers she plucks from her own breast. This gives the eggs the best possible cushioning and insulation. Ducks have no nerves or blood vessels in their feet. That’s how they can swim in icy cold water, plus the top layer of their feathers is waterproof, the down feathers never get wet. Ducks are very adjustable and can stay in all weather conditions, a trait that explains their presence all over the globe.