From day one they have been. I have 10 and I don't know if that has much to do with it, but I swear I think they wold rather kill themselves than to let you get near them. I was in the feed store today and noticed all the other baby ducks came right up to the brooder and nibbled your finger. Then I get home and see mine-running. I don't spend a whole lot of time with them but I mean I feed them twice a day and water them what seems like a hundred times a day so they see people. Ungreatfull fowl. Just wondering.