When my 7 baby calls hatched i was just ecstatic i had just had gotten the parents and was amazed at them laying and setting eggs so soon. They hatched and were the cutest little fuzzies i have ever seen! These are my first broody ducks i have never had any experience with baby ducks and their personalities till this year. My calls i hatched in the incu this spring were so friendly and fun to raise i could'nt wait for these little ones to hatch. They hatched and all was well the mother was superb in takeing care of them and at 3 weeks they were becoming more friendly and active and were never afraid of me. They would follow their mom and i just enjoyed them so much i even posted a video of them swimming here at 3 weeks old. I had known from the get go i would be selling these and had tried to keep things calm so they would be people friendly and they were doing good. I wasn't expecting to much as i knew ducks don't like being handled. Just wanted them to be like my adults calm and come to the door to see what treat i have. They were coming to the door with mom and peeping like they were glad to see me. But one got a little boo boo on his toe and i caught him to check it. He was wild and frightened and peeped loudly i was upset at his franticness of me holding him. So i thought maybe i needed to remove them from their mom to allow them to become attached to me. This was all theory as i had no idea what the turn out of it would be. So when they turned 4 weeks last sunday 9/13 and was starting to really feather out i removed mom. There was the usual peeping and the mom calling and them answering they didn't appear to upset. I gave them their pan and they swam and for 3 days things looked good and their was no panicky behavior. I don't remember which day it was last week but i walked up to their pen and they freaked and i mean totally freaked. It has steadily got worse over this past week and they now run and scream and run into the wire I'm beyond upset a lady came yesterday to see my animals and when she walked up to their pen they ran and crashed into the wire. Just really upset and ashamed of myself i feel like i have really let these little ducks down in the worst way The only thing i know to do at this point is to try and put thier mom back with them and see if she can calm them down. I don't know if it will work or not as i stated i'm very new to these ducks and thought i was doing the right thing. (just so ashamed) I posted this so others could see my mistake and maybe it would help them. At this point i'm at a place where i don't know if i will hatch my future ducks the natural way or incubate them. I have learned a valuable lesson that if i choose to let the mother hatch them i will let the mom stay with them till "they" decide it's time to be on their own.