I have three 4 week old ducklings. I know that ducklings this age go through a period where they realize things want to eat them, etc, but I adopted mine from a family that was quite vocal about their dislike for their animals in general & ducks particularly. They were given basics- food & some access to water (a trash can lid over turned in a small, muddy yard with a dog carrier for shelter. Their parents were right across the yard in a large shed with a nicer sized yard but no swimming that I could see, which I thought odd, since the mother was there, rather than with the ducklings...) but I know they have never been hand fed or given loving attention. For a week I have sat patiently & quietly near them for MANY hours (like its a job, really), given them a nice swimming area, some time & chance to range, treats, etc (all while patiently & quietly sitting by) and made sure to have everyone move slowly & quietly near them. They still cower in fear, they will eat peas, etc if i leave them in the water or halfway between me & the ducks, but won't come more than a foot from me. I think they have never imprinted on anyone. Is it too late for these ducks? Should I bring them back into the house, with diapers or something, until they get more accustomed to us? Or is it too much to expect them to be approachable when they were only expected to be in their pen & gross before?