I've posted on here before about my muscovy duck issues. I am still having issues. I purchased an entire adult flock (nine muscovy's one embden goose) about two months ago from a kid who lives on a local farm. Even though I had done research for months this was an impulse buy and I did not ask the right questions AND I also have "newbie" stamped across my forehead so he may have mislead me in some ways too. Anyway, I have a very large property that they free-range on (but mostly they just want to sit on my sidewalk and poop) and a 1/2 acre pond. One...they refuse to swim in my pond. I had someone trap the snapping turtles so they are gone. I have sat with them for weeks on end by the pond. I've built them a nice beach area for ease of entrance/exit. I give them snacks near the edge so they associate the pond with good things. My children and I have swam in the pond to encourage them. Wild Canada Geese have stopped by a few times and I have herded my flock over so they can see what "real ducks" do. I have actually just thrown them in a few times. Nothing. They just refuse. Two...I have five females and four males. None of them mate. They are not aggressive with each other, nobody gets bullied, no one duck is dominate. None of the females have laid an egg. They all look almost exactly the same. If they are all siblings will they not mate (that sounds so stupid...like ducks know if there related)? I don't get it. Are they to young to mate/lay eggs...are they too old? How can I tell their age? What else can I do to get them to swim? The whole purpose of me getting ducks was to see activity on my pond, have a low maintenance farm animal around, and collect duck eggs for baking. However I end up with ducks who won't swim or lay eggs AND I have to haul water around my property to keep them hydrated and clean.They're driving me nuts! Any Ideas?