month old Welsh harlequin ducks don't swim


12 Years
Mar 5, 2007
I got 5 WH ducklings 4F, 1M) a month ago from Murray McMurray. They have always had access to shallow water, in a clean paint tray, deeper over time--now 4 inches--by their food. We have had many call ducks, hatched by ducks and broody chickens and they were in water then swimming quite early--LOVED the water. My WH have access to a very shallow "pool" about 6 inches at the deepest. I even put lettuce pieces in to lure them. But they just don't seem interested. Will they swim when they are older? How can I encourage swimming?

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7 Years
Sep 8, 2015
The Funny Farm....Alberta, Canada
Put them into the water and use your fingers to make water sounds to show them it is fun.....Monkey see, Monkey do with Ducklings...They might need a brick in the bottom of the pool and a step to get inside....Ducklings dont like new things and follow the more bold Ducklings....

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