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Your Lucky Duck
Hunters use this realistic Mallard Hen duck kite as a decoy -- if you were a drake, wouldn't you be attracted to the ladies? The durable Tyvek construction remains intact after flying permanently, in all weather, for a year. (Tyvek is a very lightweight, water-resistant plastic that looks and feels like paper; it's commonly used in envelopes and housing insulation wrap). These kites look amazingly lifelike with their wings flapping in the breeze. If you have a high speed Internet connection, check out the manufacturer's video at the bottom of this page.
The Mallard Hen has a 32" (81.2 cm) wingspan.
Assembled or Unassembled?
The Mallard Hen kite is no longer being produced in its unassembled kit version. All Assembled kites come "knocked down" in a mailing tube and require a simple preparation that doesn't use scissors or glue. They aren't quite ready-to-fly but they're easy to put together.
Non-US customers please note: At checkout, our software will offer you a First Class International Package rate based on this product's weight. However, bird kite tubes exceed the maximum allowable length for that rate. Please do not choose First Class International, as we cannot ship your kite outside of the US at that rate. We will have to either cancel your order or collect the additional cost for Priority Mail International.
About the Add-Ons
Poles: Jackite constantly sells out and replenishes specific poles. We try to keep our list up to date, but they don't always have all of the colors and sizes shown in our dropdown options. If the pole that you choose is unavailable, we will substitute the closest size and color that they have.
The 16' (4.87 m) or 17' (5.18 m) poles are recommended for standard-sized kites, although some customers prefer the 20' (6.09 m) length. And those who believe that higher is always better can go with the 28' (8.53 m) pole. The fiberglass poles telescope like an antenna from a collapsed length of just 46" (1.17 m). Extend the sections and twist to lock (to make your pole shorter, just don't extend all of the sections). These differ from telescoping fishing rods by having a reinforced butt end to prevent splitting, thicker walls for less breakage, and a thicker tip. The "flex-tip" poles have an extra-thin tip for better flexing, and can bend 180 degrees. Kites on flex-tip poles require more airspace to move around in.
We only sell poles as add-ons with kite purchases, not as a standalone product. Adding a pole to your order increases the shipping charge. Orders that include poles require special packaging and will ship factory-direct rather than from Curio City's warehouse, so it might take us an extra day or two to fulfill your order. Jackite usually ships these orders via UPS Ground regardless of which service you choose at checkout. Jackite guarantees all poles for 90 days and sells replacement sections for a modest fee plus shipping if your pole breaks after that.
Ground Stake: This is simply a 22" (55.9 cm) length of PVC pipe with an angle cut on one end. Push it into soft dirt or sand and insert your pole in the open end to hold it vertically. Adding a stake to your order increases the shipping charge. Recommended for use with 13', 16', and 20' poles.
Glue: You only need glue for Unassembled bird kites. If you tick the box above, we will slip a vial of waterproof white glue into your kite's shipping tube. The vial contains ample glue for one kite. Of course, you can use your own glue instead of buying ours. ("Waterproof" means that your kite can withstand periodic rain storms, but any glue will eventually start to dissolve if subjected to frequent, repeated soakings.)
Line Rig: You don't need a Line Rig to fly your kite, but it's the quickest and easiest way to attach one like a windsock to a fixed pole. The Line Rig can be used with any bird kite, although it was specifically designed for use with Osprey, Loon, Happy Gull, Dove, Eagle, or Goose bird kites. You get 7' (2.13 m) of strong, lightweight line with large swivels on each end. Snap one end onto your bird kite, snap the other end to the top of your pole, and you're ready to fly with minimal wrapping. Recommended for poles at least 13' (4 m) high. Adding a line rig to a kite purchase will not increase your shipping charge.