To handle or not to handle? That is the question.
I purchased week old ducks from a feed store recently,and they don't like it when I pick them up. They chirp and squirm in my hands when I try to hold them (not as much with my Khaki Campbell than with my Black Swedish and Ancona, which act more dominant) and run away from me when I try to go near them, because they think I'm going to pick them up.
So, the question is, should I try to pick them up more? Obviously I lost my chance to have them imprint on me, but I still want them to be docile, calm and friendly birds. Will handling them more make the bond tighter, or just ruin it completely? I must know before it's so late!
Thanks in advance to all repliers!