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Mother duck, babies call Niskayuna High School home

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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- One mother duck could have used some advice about where to give birth to her young after she flew into a place at Niskayuna High School that had no way out.

The mother duck flew into the courtyard memorial garden at the high school and laid 13 eggs, all of which have hatched.

Now, she is getting some help raising her ducklings. "We come out every morning and we water them, we feed them duck mash so they can continue to have some sustenance," said English teacher Kelly Millett.

They tried to make them as comfortable as they could. 

"When we got the swimming pool for them it was really fun to watch them get in the water and watch them swimming around.  The kids thought it was great," said Librarian Polly Stahl.

So what will happen as the babies get bigger?

"As long as mama duck is cruising around and they're providing proper food and water they're fine," said Eric Brown, Wild Life Rehabilitator. "Mommy duck, sooner or later she'll be tired of being there and she'll leave."

When that happens, a wild life rehabilitator will be called in to take over their care.

"When they're old enough to fly and fend for themselves and protect themselves, we release them into the pond behind our house and provide a food source for them and in the fall they'll fly away," said Brown.

In the meantime, the ducklings are a welcome addition to the daily routine at the high school.

"It's a labor of love and it gives us a kick in our step every day. As we round out the year it's a really neat thing to share with the kids," said Millett.

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