Ducks: why does my duckling stand in his food and water?
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This quacks me up! :) And it's so totally true.
Ducks are curious and they'll investigate anything that is interesting/shiny/etc. I had to stop my wearing my ring last year because the ducklings were really interested in it. Zippers are another favorite. Coverall/coat zippers were constant attractants this winter.
You may be able to keep your duckling out of the drinking water by adding some bathing pans. Mine seem to need to be in standable water to really maintain their feathers. I also have a swimming pond for them.
You may be able to keep you duckling out of the food pan by giving them something else to stand on. My hens seems to really like standing on the ramp, logs and rocks I have in the pen. One of my girls loves being picked up so she can survey all of the land around her.
If I'm wearing jeans, they go for the little brass snaps at the corners of pockets etc.
A blouse? mmmm... buttons.
Sneakers? OOO SHOELACES!
Sandals? delicious toes!
A watch? time is a concept we don't understand as ducks, but it sounds tasty!