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New duck owners, wanting geese and chickens too!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lolos, May 24, 2016.

  1. lolos

    lolos Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello from Colorado,

    We have two ducklings that are now 8 weeks old. A Blue Swedish named Pearl and a Silver Appleyard named Blanche.

    We are hoping to get some geese and chickens later on. As a new owner this website and forum has been very helpful to me already, so thank you!

    I'm wondering what the best way to get ducks to not be afraid of you. Our poor ducklings had a bad Pasteurella bacteria infection when we first got them, and to administer antibiotics we had to push the pill down their throats which was not fun for both parties involved. I feel like now even though they are healed and have been for several weeks, they still don't trust us. If we go near them they quack loudly and run away. It makes me so sad! Any ideas on how to win them over?[​IMG]
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Time, treats, food. I have heard that 7/8 week old ducks become a bit less trusting too and that it does get better.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Flock Master Premium Member

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    It would be good if you could spend time with them - just sitting outdoors and occasionally calling to them and tossing some treat. They will eventually come closer to see what it is. Then get bolder and come even before you toss a treat- they will be expecting it. I don't think ducks like to be held or get on your lap like chickens but, I am sure they can show affection by following you around.
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us and good luck with expanding your menagerie !

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! Ditto the above, time and treats. I have yet to meet a bird that can resist mealworms, so if can get some of those (pet shops should have live ones), that will be a good negotiating tool. Once the little ones start associating you with good stuff, you'll have more luck winning them over.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. lolos

    lolos Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for the welcome and great ideas. Love the idea of tossing treats, as of now when I hold out my hand with a treat they run. I will just have to be patient.

    Thank you again!
     

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