Scaredy Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TerriB90, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. TerriB90

    TerriB90 Just Hatched

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    I've had my two runner ducks since 4wks old, and kept them inside with me until they were about 8 weeks old.
    They would follow me around, cry if i left the room, feed from my hand and cuddle to sleep as babies.
    Now they are in their big duck cage outside with my 3 chickens they are so timid.. they panic when i go in the cage and i have to walk very slowly and squat down to calm them, but they will not come to me anymore :(
    I feed them every day so have daily interaction with them some days i will sit with them for half an hour trying to get them used to me but its not working.. any ideas? TIA [​IMG]
     
  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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    You could try feeding them by hand, food seems to be the easiest way to a duck's heart. If they are too scared at first them maybe just sit near them while they eat and slowly move closer until they are comfortable eating out of a container you're holding, then try putting some food in your hand. My ducks went through a period of being terrified of me, but now they always think I have food so they come running when they see me and urgently nibble at my hands for snacks lol.

    Also Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
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  3. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. Try a treat that you know they love. That way they will be a little more inclined to come closer. My ducks love mealworms and peas.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Many ducklings go through a rapid change from friendly to fearful. At three weeks, my Runners went into a phase in which they acted as if I were an axe murderer. Heartbreaking.

    BYC folks helped me understand this, and said to do much of what you are already doing - don't sneak up on them, talk sweetly, move gently. Offer treats but don't expect them to come close. Spend time near them. Don't loom over them, try not to corner them.

    I changed some of my behaviors, and hung in there, and after a few months they were once again friendly, very relaxed. I have a few huggers, no one likes being picked up. But a great, friendly little flock.
     
  5. TerriB90

    TerriB90 Just Hatched

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    Great thank you so much guys! Like you said Amiga it is heart breaking having them so scared of me especially when they used to love me so much! I will try the meal worms and feeding from a small container and just give them more time.. Thanks again for all your help
     
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