My ducklings think I ate their friends

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mish, May 24, 2010.

  1. Mish

    Mish Songster

    Mar 6, 2010
    Macomb, MI
    Received 14 ducklings from Holderread last Wednesday.

    One person who split the order picked up 9 on Friday... so 5 left

    Another person picked up 3 on Sunday... so 2 left

    They are terrified of me now. [​IMG]. They run to the corner and shake when they see me. It is only since the other 3 went to their home, so it seems they think I eat ducklings. I'm trying to move slow and stay lower to not be as intimidating when I clean them / change the water and food. Are there any special treats I can give them at 1 week old so they forget they hate me? Any other suggestions?
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Puree some up for them.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    They don't "hate you". You've taken away their flock security. The larger the flock the greater their sense of security. There's the solution. You must get more ducks.
  4. Mish

    Mish Songster

    Mar 6, 2010
    Macomb, MI
    Quote:Sourland, I like that idea too much. If either of the other people had waited longer to pick them up.... I would have 14 ducks that I would refuse to give up. I keep telling myself that 2 are easier to clean and feed and take to the boat for long weekends.

    I will give them peas every day until I am their flock or I am cleaning up too much green. Starting tomorrow because I don't have peas.
  5. Horsefly

    Horsefly Songster

    Jan 11, 2010
    Wow your brooder looks way to clean in all those pictures lol. Cute ducks, the way to their heart is through thier stomachs. Don't worry if they run now. I found that mine kind of mellowed some as they got older.
  6. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Seriously, did you photo shop that picture? Where's the poop? I got my 11 runners from Holderreads Tuesday, they never stop pooping! I love them so.
  7. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    Quote:Yup I agree more ducks! We made it a point to hold ours more too. Now our little babies follow us around when we're out in the coop with them. [​IMG]
  8. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    3 weeks ago I got a single runner duckling.
    3 hours drive home and she wouldn't come anywhere near my hand and shook in the corner of the box.
    Got her home into a purpose made straw filled home.
    She was still terrified of me.
    Thought she might be hungry and thirsty so provided her with food from my hand and water from a cup that I held.
    Within 5mins she was peeping happily and I was her new best friend.

    I work from home and today is cold, so she's sat at my feet in a fluffy dog basket while I work on the computer and loves being stroked and her beak played with every now and again.

    Feeding from the hand is always a winner when it comes to befriending any animals.

  9. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Mine always get really upset when they go from a bunch of babies to only a few. It's scary for them--they think there's a big bad predator out there picking off their siblings, and they're terrified that they're next.

    They'll calm down when they figure out that no one else is disappearing.

    And yes, also, they feel more secure in a larger group. But they'll be won over with treats, no worries. [​IMG]
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:And the BYC tradition of enabling continues! (Don't tell your current babies that ducklings are tasty when roasted.)

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