Super Newbie Question!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bydhatch, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all!
    My ducklings arrived today and I had a question regarding imprinting!
    They are about 2-3 days old and I hope my two ducklings and my family and I can form a nice bond. I would love them to approach us and not hate being picked up eventually. My male is especially skittish at the moment.
    What is the best way to form a strong imprint?
    Thanks for any help you can offer.
     
  2. Spyderk117

    Spyderk117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spend as much time as you can with them. Hold them, and talk in your normal voice to them.
    Eventually they will follow you!:)
     
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  3. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any advice on holding? They squirm so much in just a short (15 seconds) worth of holding.
    Thanks so much!
     
  4. Spyderk117

    Spyderk117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm, I don't really have any advice on that. While you are holing them talk in a reassuring voice. That should calm them down.
     
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  5. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All righty! Today I noticed, just in transporting them, that they prefer one hand under them and one on top...almost like a sandwhich. :0 :)
    We will have a little out of brooder imprinting time tomorrow. Thanks again!
     
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  6. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks always liked to be held standing up, i.e., not with their legs dangling down. If you hold them alot and try not to scare them by accidentally surprising them, they will get used to you. When they are a few weeks old, they will get super skittish again. If you are patient with them, and continue to work on taming them, they will not be skittish as adults. :)
     
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  7. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Standing up...I'm pretty sure they were standing when I held them and they preferred it! Thanks!
     
  8. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome. Hope they warm up to you pretty quick!
     
  9. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have already made great progress! My duckling who seemed more skittish fell asleep on my hand in the brooder. Hoping to make more progress tomorrow! Little by little. Thanks again!
     
  10. Spyderk117

    Spyderk117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great! You're welcome!:)
     

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