Do ducks outgrow being scared?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PepperM, May 6, 2016.

  1. PepperM

    PepperM Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    Omaha, NE
    My two toddlers (about 6 weeks) are VERY skittish outside. We have them in a huge indoor/outdoor run where other things cant bug them, but just something as simple as me walking outside to feed them, etc sends them running and those feet! [​IMG] They are so big they stumble, fall, trip and I'm afraid they are going to get hurt.

    Will they outgrow this as time goes on, or is it a natural fight/flight instinct that will remain?

    Is there anything I can do to encourage them to come to me when I'm feeding, or watering them?

    Thanks and happy Friday!

    Last edited: May 6, 2016
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2015
    they do eventually get over it but you have to work with them.
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2016
    Rhode Island
    My Coop
    IF they get over it it will only be after A LOT of hard work, not because they've grown out of it.

    Yes, as they've been outside a little longer they will be a little less frightened of every single thing, but not much!
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    They are 6 weeks, still in the "everything is trying to eat us" stage. So yes, some of it will go away with time, but you also need to consider how you approach them. You are huge and probably quite scary to a little ducklet. Though it would be kind of hard to crawl by their pen every time you go by LOL
    Spend some time in the pen with them as close to their level as you can get and just hang there while they do their thing.
    Or bring them snacks often so they associate you with tasty things.

    My chicken comes running to me every time I walk out the door. It almost looks like she really likes me and looks forward to seeing me. in reality, she just wants to know if I come bearing snacks lol
  5. jennifleur

    jennifleur Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2015
    Hi Pepper,
    You might try taking out a low plastic step stool or towel and sitting near them. Read, knit, catch up on emails, watch a movie, sun bath, pull weeds or dig around with a hand shovel. I like to fill a bucket up with weeds, bolted greens or marred fruit veggie rejects. Doing something with your hands, moving, splashing and making random noises all help them get used to you. I will cut up the bucket goodies with kitchen shears while stitting on the low stool and let them drop into a water dish or wading pool. Very interesting stuff. Dried mealworms in a plastic cup make a lovely rattle thats impossible to resist.
  6. PepperM

    PepperM Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    Omaha, NE
    I've made it a point to go out each day, sit on the steps and talk to the toddlers. It's really helped their skittishness and I can actually walk around their run without them freaking out now :) Thanks everyone!


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