Originally Posted by CTKen
Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your ducklings.
Since ducks are a prey species, they get particularly freaked out when a huge (to them) hand comes at them from above - just like an ariel predator. If you can kinda introduce your hand from a lower trajectory it may help them to freak out less. They are likely to become more friendly with age, and will become accustomed to you if you sit and spend time with them (maybe reading, or listening to music) and feed them treats (first on the ground, then from your hand) and keep a gentle and quiet tone in your voice. Thats the theory, at least
All the best
They quickly realized that sometimes I have treat worms and they're all about them! They nibble my hand, tasting for them if I keep them in my laundry basket (it's plastic but only use it to tote them front point a to b.) I usually get to their level when I can. It's only been three days and they're so close to each other, I know I couldn't compete. However, they seem to understand I'm ok and not going to hurt them