They've just hit 4 weeks, we got them at 2 days, and regardless of what we do, the instincts of 'large thing looming over me' seem to kick in and they legitimately seem like they think they're going to die. (Wish I could tell them I'm a vegetarian and don't plan on culling any of our originals to feed to the cats) Is it better when you hatch them out yourself and have them from day 1? We handled them and talked to them everyday, and they eat from our hands. They hate being picked up, and regardless of how many times I do it, they always freak when I go to change their water (which happens many times a day). They're Ancona's, of which I've read are supposed to be one of the more relaxed and friendly breeds of duck. Mainly what I'm wondering is, what can I do to prevent this next time? I think I'll do the raised brooder as that seems to be a large part of the issue, is there anything else I could do that would help to keep them from... completely losing it and trampling each other when I go to do things in their pen/brooder? I didn't want them to imprint on me as we have horses and I didn't want them following me too closely and getting hurt, I wasn't counting on daily handling still not being enough though!