month old Welsh harlequin ducks don't swim

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by claraserena, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. claraserena

    claraserena Songster

    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?
  2. 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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