Snapping turtle removed from pond - but ducks will not go back in pond

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Noahwd24, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Noahwd24

    Noahwd24 New Egg

    Jul 21, 2011
    Recently I removed a large snapping turtle from our pond, making sure it was the only one. Our 6 Pekins will not get back in the pond as 2 of them had been bitten by the snapper (both doing fine now).

    My question is...if I simply remove their foodbin and waterdispenser will they naturally go back into the pond after a couple days? They have not set foot in the pond for 3 weeks - the turtle has been removed for 2.5 of those weeks and I am getting a little concerned they won't get back in due to their fear.

    Thank you so very much for any advice you can offer to me on this topic - your time is greatly appreciated.
  2. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    Have you tried to gently (yet forcefully) herd them into the pond? Whenever my ducks got it into their little heads that the pond was off limits for some stupid reason, we've 'driven' them in ... and while they come right back out initially, it usually restarts them using the pond.
  3. whitechicken

    whitechicken Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2008
    do they have a favorite treat, if so try tossing some in the pond . most of them love lettuce try that good luck
  4. foxchasr

    foxchasr Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2009
    My 2 pekins were nipped incessantly by our Koi in their pond and just stopped one day from ever going back in. A few days after that, I picked one up and manually put him back in the pond and he ran out like holy terror. That was about 6 weeks ago and they have never gone back in.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] The ducks don't realize that the turtle is gone. In their mind, the pond is the place where they or their flockmates got attacked. It will take a while until they go back-- if ever.[​IMG]

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