Okay I'm not sure hydrophobic is a word, but what I mean is that my ducks are scared of our pond. We have to put out buckets of water for them to play in. They will even hop up in the horse trough to swim and splash, but they won't even dabble in the pond. We thought we'd be clever and teach the new babies about the pond early. We built them a pen that included a small portion of the pond for them to play in. They loved it! The adults were even looking jealous that the babies could play in the pond and they couldn't (even though they were standing two feet from it ). Then the goats found the baby duck food, jumped into the pen, tore a big hole in the mesh and off ran the baby ducks . Hmm, great. So now, we're trying to decide what to do next. Honestly, I'm sick of refilling ALL the water on the farm everyday, because they play in all of it, instead of the pond. Plus, our water bill last month was outrageous. We've got four grown geese coming soon and the baby duck will be fully feathered in a few more weeks. Any tips on what will convince the ducks to like the pond? Our Muscovies never hesitated, neither did our Mallards or African Geese. We're stumped with these Anconas.