Hi! So I bought myself 2 ducklings on Dec 21st. My Pekins are now 11 weeks old but I'm having a few issues with them. I'm not sure if their behaviour is just ducks in general or if its just my ducks. I live in Canada and we had a brutal winter this year with a lot of days in the -35 range. The ducks were kept in the coop which has a lot of space for just 2 ducks at 64 square feet. They had a heat lamp on all winter. Once they were feathered if it was above freezing I would take them outside in the yard for little walks to try and get them used to free ranging which they didn't really enjoy. They have an attached run to their coop but couldn't figure out the ramp for a long time. I think we have finally got that figure out though. It is now getting nice out (it's +7 and sunny today) but they just don't seem to like being outside. I want them out of the coop because they are soooo messy! They never go out on their own and I have to pick them up and place them outside. Now they just refuse and will walk right back up the ramp and into the coop. I put a large bin of water in their run for swimming hoping that would entice them to stay out but they are scared of it which makes no sense because I would give them one in the coop sometimes if it was warm enough and they loved it! I literally had to sit out there with them and show them that the water bin was nothing to be scared of but by the time they finally figured it out and wanted to play it was getting dark and they had to go back in. Why are they scared of everything? I've handled them everyday since they were 2 days old and they used to sit with me but now that they are older they don't really want to come near me unless I have food. They are scared of anything new which includes new treats. I was hoping these girls would be friendly and walking around the yard with us checking out what we are doing and just kind of hanging out with the family but I don't think this is how it will be now. I'm getting my chicks next week so I'm hoping the chicks will show the ducks that life isn't so scary...or my ducks will teach my new chicks their bad habits and then I'll be stuck with a flock of scaredy cats! My questions are: 1. Do I just give them tough love and lock them outside on nice days so they get used to it? 2. Are ducks just scared of everything in general? 3. will they teach my chicks to be scared as well? Thanks!!