Okay, then! I opened one of the gates to change the water for the ducklings. I left the gate open, but shut the run door to be sure no one went into bother them. I apparently wasn't thinking, because I have had one of them follow me around the house before. In the minute or two it took to fill the water, they were all in the run. My drake looked at them through the fence, but I knew that he wasn't a threat because he saw them yesterday and ran from them and they came close ( yes, I know you knew that already). I finally opened the run door to put the water into the brooding area. The ducklings quickly ran outside, and one jumped into the water bowl I keep out there for the adult ducks. It was quite funny to see the pair of adult ducks inspect the babies, and not want much to do with them. It was downright hysterical when I was tossing out scratch, and all of the 23 chickens came running. The ducklings ran after the chickens, and the chickens run away scared!
I eventually shooed the ducklings into the run (after adding their big bowl of water and a brick for a step), and shut the run door. I seriously don't know what to do now. I have the option of closing the ducklings into the lower section of the coop which has its own run. Now, that worked for the adult ducks getting to know the chickens, but they don't really see each other. The biggest obstacle I face is that the ducklings do not know to heed the warnings of the elders. While they were locked into the run, a car slammed on its brakes. Everybody went running for the lilac bush because the rooster told them to. The ducklings did not react at all. More important, the ducklings not bonding with the adults, means that they might wander off, and get into trouble.
So, what do you guys think I should do about the ducklings? I was not expecting them to be so adventurous for some reason.Edited by MotorcycleChick - 4/19/16 at 8:29pm