our Pekin ducklings loved being handled for the first 3 or 4 weeks. Now they are just over 6 weeks old and now they tend to run away and hide when we approach them and when we do actually pick them up often they will let out a big shreek like we are trying to kill them! One of them dived over a water container and smacked her head into the roof of the coop when I was trying to pick her up. They will eventually settle if we hang onto them long enough, and often still get excited and quite vocal when I get home from work, but then hide toward the back of the coop if I attempt to pick them up to put them in their pool outside or if to let them loose for a run around the yard. I suspect some of the problem is that for the first few weeks we were on holidays, the ducklings were in their box which sat in the loungeroom, always around us. And we handled them quite a bit. Now they are bigger their coop is in the backyard, we are both back at work, we only really get to see them briefly in the morning before we go to work and in the afternoons, evenings when we get home we usually spend about an hour with them, and of course on weekends we try to spend a fair bit of time with them. But they seem to becoming increasingly distant and scared of us when we approach them. But as said, they also still get excited to see us if we haven't seen them all day, they just don't like us touching them Is this normal ? Or do we just need to spend more time with them ? We usually still can hand feed them, but they are rather unpredictable in their behaviour. Instead of freaking them out trying to pick them up, I've been coaxing them back into their house after their swim or run around with peas. It does work, but it would be good to know we can pick them up on the occasion, give them a pat or even just to know we don't scare them!