I have two males and one female runner duck (not on purpose, I was hoping to get three females). I fell in love w/all of them so decided to keep the males. Up until 2 weeks ago they were lovely pets, I held them every day and interacted with all of them a lot - definitely pets as opposed to livestock. It appears the female is getting ready to lay - she's started having sex w/the two males and supposedly she's old enough to lay - I think she's 22 weeks now. About 2 weeks ago, the male ducks started to chase after me and bite me really hard. I tried to train them out of it, first w/a water gun, then a water hose, and then putting them in their cage, but nothing seems to work. They are getting worse and worse and I can't hardly even go into my backyard without being chased around and bit very very hard. Is this a phase until she lays an egg? Will this go away? I love them but they are really being mean and it's not fun to interact with them anymore. I'm disappointed as I was SO good about holding and playing with them every single day without fail so they'd be tame. I can get through it if it's a phase - if it's permanent I'm going to have to figure something else out. The female is still nice and friendly. She does 'present' herself when I come around so maybe the ducks see me as another duck and threatening their female territory? They used to follow me everywhere. Any suggestions? I've tried tapping their beaks, everything I can think of. It's getting to be a little dangerous too as each one will grab one of my legs and hold on to my clothes so it's hard for me not to accidentally step on them. Thank you in advance for your advice - I really am at my wit's end.