How do ducks decide where their "home" is, where they'll lay and return to at night?
I have a trio of Khaki Campbell's who were living in a box (in which they were locked every night) all last summer/fall down by my stream.
Over the winter I left them in a chicken tractor in a friend's garage.
Just this weekend they came back and I assumed they'd have decided the chicken tractor was home so I put that in the yard (not near the stream). They all flew the coop on me today while I was feeding and egg gathering and I assumed they'd return to the new "home" in which they have been living all winter.
I suppose one of them heard the running water and they all wound up down splashing around in the stream.
Not to take chances with them disappearing into the woods forever I went down to try to herd them back up the hill but they went almost straight for their last year's box.
Now I'd like to get them back up in the yard permanently where I can keep an eye on them, but at this point I don't know which "home" they'll want to come back to or really where to go from here.