I got 2 Welsh Harlequin ducklings in April, raised them since they were 2 days old, had lots of contact and handling of them since then and find that they run in terror with their mouths open (like a terror film scream) whenever I come around. I got them because they were reputed to be a 'calmer and more social breed' but these guys are more nervous than my runner ducks, who come running to me whenever I go outside. The WH's do the opposite. They run the other direction, as if I were about to stick them directly in the stock pot. Does anyone have any suggestions. Offering them treats (peas, worms, etc) doesn't seem to work as they are hesitant to accept even those when I have them in my hand. The only thing that does seem to work is if I crouch down on the ground and find bugs/worms with them. Then they'll come up and nibble at me and crowd around me. I'm so confused about their behavior. They do quack when they hear my voice and sometimes when they feel lonely. When I go towards them to see them, they act like I'm an ax murderer. Their nervousness is also making it difficult for me to take care of them. We're having a heat wave and despite their having a pool to swim in, they sit in the sun and pant. Then I'm forced to pick them up and physically put them in the pool, while they cry bloody murder the whole time. They're not happy. I'm not happy. If anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate them.