I accidentally trained the wildlife

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TearDucks, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. TearDucks

    TearDucks Songster

    Mar 16, 2018
    Rochester NY
    When my ducks were old enough for a coop outside, i wanted a way to call my ducks to me. So i made up a tune and whistled it when I gave my ducks a treat. I live on the river and the river ducks caught on. I whistle my tune now and I have like 30-40 river ducks fly in from both directions for corn. It's kinda neat. Has anyone else had anything similar happen?
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  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA
    Nope. And again, Welcome to BYC!

    EDT: No I haven't, not "No, you're wrong." Sorry that was unclear.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2018
  3. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    :gig I have wild Mallard ducks who will visit daily for a snack during breeding season. And if I'm not outside the female will quack very loudly to inform me that she is waiting! At the moment I have a little wild dove who is less scared of me and as a reward it gets fed treats. I just hope the neighbour's cat doesn't get it. :hmm
  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    Lol. So cool!
  5. Abriana

    Abriana Spicy Sugar Cookie

    :lau so funny! Have a video?
  6. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    I had 2 male wild Rio Grande turkeys that I raised from chicks and were completely tame, every spring would call in real wild turkeys with all the gobbling they did. All I had to do was make a loud noise and they would gobble. Pretty hilarious!:lau
    Oops, forgot...Howdy:frow :welcome Happy:yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  7. TearDucks

    TearDucks Songster

    Mar 16, 2018
    Rochester NY
    I do have a video but I have no idea how to upload stuff. It only gives me the option to take a fresh pic or video.

    Thats awesome, I love it. Thank you for sharing. Yes i have regulars that ive named that are outside Everytime I go out to do something. They dont even fly away when I shovel the snow or bring firewood in. One river duck eats out of my hand. She even let me pull ice off her beak. It's cool gaining their trust. I'm very honored.
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  8. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

    Apr 28, 2010
    NW Washington State
    Funny story! And welcome to BYC!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Great story. We had a trio of Mallards that visited for a few weeks. I put out water for them and some bread (all I could think of). and they would take it and dump in the water, then gobble it up. Pretty smart for ducks I thought

    Funny it was two drakes and a hen. I figure one drake wasn't good enough. The hen used to bang (peck?) at the screen door to let us know she wanted something to eat & drink.

    Then they would lay around our front lawn till they wanted more. Next door neighbor came to ask where we bought our lawn ornaments. I told her they were real ducks. She couldn't seem to figure that out.

    After awhile the hen would fly on our outdoor window sill and look into our living room.
    It was really funny but, if we got close to the window(from inside) she would fly off. I didn't know then that the males hissed and the female quacked.

    Really enjoyed having them around. Next year we had visitors again one drake and one very hefty hen. I don't know if it was the same hen or not but, it did fly on the window sill and look into the house. They only hung around our house and front yard, for a short time and then took off.
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Whoops. I was supposed to say Welcome to Backyard chickens and I got carried away. Your story brought back the duck memories - so I can understand how you felt about the wild ducks en masse coming so you could feed them too.
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