We have 7 peking ducks and one mallard. They are not very friendly, nor do they follow us around even tho we messed with them quite a bit when they were little. They just do their own thing. They do let 5 Ameracanas hang out with them since they were all raised up together in the chick box, but they don't have anything to do with our other chickens. The mallard will bite any other chickens that get too close. Anyway, we bought a small wading pool yesterday and filled it up in the front yard. Spent 10 minutes trying to catch a couple ducks to stick in it. Man, they holler like they are being killed. Put them in the pool and they hauled their little butts out of there and took off. So we got back and watched to see if they would return and if any of the others would take a swim. They finally made it over after we threw a little corn out beside it. Then they started drinking out of it. Finally a couple tried to get in, but they were too short. So I found an old lawn chair cushion and put it next to the pool for them to use as a step and put a little corn on it to get them up there. Well, they got up on the cushion, ate the corn, took a drink, then got down and walked around the pool trying to get in it. After about 15 minutes one managed to get in. The mallard was trying like crazy to get in the water and was getting frustrated. She would walk off, come back to try again, then shake her head and walk off. Finally another managed to get in. Over a half hour went by before the rest realized they could use the cushion to get in. The mallard got in last. Then she went berserk in the water, splashing and carrying on which scared the other ducks who jumped out and ran for their lives! After a bit they came back and it started all over again. Only two remembered to use the cushion and the rest paced around and never did figure it out. I let them out this morning and when I checked later they were all in the pool so I guess they have it figured out now. I hope the geese I am getting turn out to be smarter than the ducks are!