We just got three muscovies a few weeks ago. Today was the first day that I let one of the ducks out to free range. I started with the drake thinking he wouldn't take off if his girls were still in the coop. I gently herded him towards the pond (about 30' away) thinking he would probably appreciate a good swim or at least a great bathing opportunity. Other than taking a drink he was not interested in the water and headed right back for his girls. He spent the whole day within 10 feet of the coop.
The place I got them from did not have a pond. Do you think that is why he didn't want to go in the pond? I think he just that he didn't want to be apart from his girls, but it did get me wondering how they would take to the pond once all three of them are free ranging together. They will eventually get comfy with the pond, right?
I know, I know . . . It is a dumb question, but I'm genuinely curious to hear if someone else had similar experiences and how it turned out.
Thanks in advance!