We've had numerous chickens as backyard pets/eggs over the years and added ducks this year. We kept the ducklings in the house until they were feathered out. My kids held them, hand fed them, the ducklings imprinted. We let them out to the coop and run (it was just ducklings at this point since no more chickens right now). The first couple weeks, things were ok. They went into the coop at night and my daughter could still hand feed them, etc.
Now they are down right crazy at 3 months old and in the run/coop. They spaz out when you go near them, won't come up to kids, etc. won't go into the coop so kids have to chase them, scoop them up and put them in. Maybe something spooked them and they are crazy acting now or is this a "teenage" duck thing that they will get over?
I remember my chickens went through a phase kind of like this and then when they started to lay it was like a magical transformation -- everyone was totally settled down. Will the ducks be the same? Or are ducks just more skittish than chickens (maybe just my ducks are?)
I have them trapped in the coop for this week, since they refuse to go in at night trying to reorient them to it again. But looking for experience from other people -- when they start laying will they settle down?
We have 2 swedish and 1 buff (2 girls and a boy)
Edited by Eggcellent Adventure - 12/6/15 at 11:09am