Imprinting

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by archil, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. archil

    archil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some ducklings three days ago and I was just reading about imprinting
    They are about two weeks old
    Are they too old to imprint on me?
    They're quite skittish around me now
    Will I be able to make them more tame, or will they be like this always?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    They can become more tame around you over time but yes they are already past the imprinting stage.
     
  3. archil

    archil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aw boo :(
     
  4. archil

    archil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does it have to be right from when they're hatched or is there like, a period of time where i can force myself into their lives?
    like in the first week or what?
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To have friendly ducklings, you need to spend alot of time with them, handling them etc. They don't have to imprint on you to be friendly.

    Regardless, they all go through an "I'm scared of everything" period. Breed also plays a part as some breeds are more skittish and others more friendly.

    I got a ducklings once that had been raised inside and was VERY attached to people. It was about 3 weeks old when I got it and I considered having a house duck. I don't have the patience, ducklings are very needy. I moved him outside with my older ducklings and he bonded with them very quickly and became less friendly with me, which was fine with me.
     
  6. Onewiththeducks

    Onewiththeducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks are naturally "prey" animals and will always be a bit skittish. Some breeds are more skittish than others. What breed of ducklings do you have?
     
  7. archil

    archil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have muscovys
    Im in contact with a breeder at the moment for some day old birds, and I may be able to trade these
     
  8. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to ask, why are you so interested in them imprinting on you?
     
  9. archil

    archil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm buying them as pets
    So i want them to be as friendly as possible
    That's why I got these ones young
    But I'm having a lot of trouble, even at this age
    So I thought it would be easier to have them imprint on me straingt away.
     
  10. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As onewithducks said, they are prey animals and you are HUGE to them. I got my current muscovy at 3 months and never handled them outside of wing clipping etc. While I wouldn't consider them pet friendly, they do come up and will eat of my hand etc.

    Even with day olds, they need to be handled alot to ensure that they are friendly.
     

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