Ducks won't swim???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kariboo, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. kariboo

    kariboo Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got four 6-week-old ducks: two pekins and two rouens. I've also got a 5-acre pond. They aren't that interested in swimming. Are they just too young?

    The two times they've been in we've basically had to push them in the water a couple of times until they stop and get the idea that it's wet and they can blow bubbles in it.

    Then they swim around, no more than 4 feet from the shore and come out the moment we walk away.

    Will they get the idea eventually?
     
  2. cowman910

    cowman910 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you sure they are ducks? I would take them to a vet! [​IMG]
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    LOL

    Seriously though, some ducks don't like water. My buff never goes in the pond.
     
  4. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 5 adults wont get out of the water its like 2 seconds grab a bite of food and right back in the pool...Mine love it but I know alot of peole whos ducks dont want anything to do with water other than to drink!
     
  5. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure the pond is safe for them? Sometimes they spot a potential problem (like snapping turtles) and are smart enough to be very careful on the water.
     
  6. kdcrws

    kdcrws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine love their kiddy pool hate the pond! The soft shell turtles get to close for comfort so they won't go in.
     
  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
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    I have seen them spooked by muskrats and beavers in natural ponds too.
     
  8. CurlyLindsay

    CurlyLindsay Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a friend who hatched ducklings that were so imprinted to her that she had to row out in a boat on the pond to get her ducks for swim out. LOL Once out there, they went back out on their own.
     
  9. kariboo

    kariboo Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, thank you, everybody!

    They seem to enjoy themselves when they're in the water, but they're very skittish. So who knows... This is our first experiment with ducks, so I guess we'll just see how it goes!
     
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:what breed were those, mine did not imprint on me at all ungrateful buggers [​IMG]
     

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