i think i have come to the conclusion that my ducklings will NEVER, i repeat NEVER move out of my house. i might as well start buying them diapers... they are 4.5 weeks old and not transitioning to the outside world very well. (not that i am trying too terribly hard) We built them two fabulous ponds complete with waterfall, then we fenced it in like a oversized ducky playpen. eventually, they will have free run of the 1.5 acres, but not until they are full sized. so they go out for playtime everyday, usually after dh gets home from work because he hates to miss the fun. We have some chairs out there and we usually sit and watch them play. well tonight i left them in the pen while we ate dinner on the porch. they screeched the entire dinner. kid.you.not. they stood at the gate and cried like i had just dropped them off on the side of the hwy. and i do sometime walk away from the pen, just not very often. and when i do dh and the kids are usually on the trampoline right by it. *sigh* how will i ever cut the cord? i really need to start getting serious about them moving out because we have to go across the state in the beginning of july for a memorial for a couple of days. I will have a house sitter but i really can't expect her to be responsible for hauling the ducks out for playtime every day... i didn't expect them to be out by now or anything, i just thought the transition wouldn't be so hard on them (and me). yes i am totally hooked on these sweeties.... they follow me everywhere!