Are Campbells just skidish?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dadof4, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  2. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 Khakis and skiddish is just the word I would use!! I just inherited a pekin and a mallard yesterday and they are super friendly. They like to be held, petted, anything you want to do to them. I am wondering if it matters if they are raised more in a pack or just one or two. Seems all those that are more tame are singles or doubles.
     
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    As long as they keep laying those tasty eggs, they can act any way they want!
     
  4. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I am waiting on.
     
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I don't know about other duck breeds, but my Khakis are very self-sufficient, spending their days roaming the yard finding things for them to eat. I don't know what they're finding, sometimes they'll be drilling their bills in what seems to be plain dirt, like in a planter pot, and gobbling up SOMEthing tasty. I have 1 drake & 4 hens, and they stay more or less together throughout the day. I have to shoo them into their duck house at night, to keep them safe from overnight predators, and that's when & where they lay their eggs.

    I have 4 more ducklings, children of my adult ducks, who are just as wary. I guess I could try to endear myself more by spending time handing them treats. But I don't want to stuff them with bread that they really don't need.

    I'm content with things the way they are. We all talk nicely to our ducks whenever we're near, they know we're not a threat, and occasionally we'll have a treat for them. I'd rather they maintain their independence & good survival skills than act like retriever puppies who come running whenever they see me...

    ...and keep laying those deeeeeeeeelicious eggs!
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Khaki's are skittish. Runner's are worse. Even the pure bred khaki I hatched out from an egg acts like he is being murdered when I pick him up. What a goober! LOL

    I think next time I get ducks I am going to get Welsh Harlequins. They lay eggs like khakis but they are supposed to be much more mellow.
     

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