Taming ducks.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jenniferlamar70, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. jenniferlamar70

    jenniferlamar70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I'm a newbie duck owner. I have just purchased 3 ducklings about a week ago. I'm wondering what I should do to get them used to people. 2 of the 3 do pretty well when we hold them but the 3rd is a biter. Hoping to break this while he/she is little. Any tips,tricks or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. :)
     
  2. bigmommahen44

    bigmommahen44 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same question. I have three ducks that are 7 weeks old now and they just don't care for people. When I had them in the house I had to force them to let me hold them. They didn't bite but they yelled and tried to get away from me the whole time. Now that they are out in their duck run they really never come to me. They will follow me around but at a safe distance. I basically can only look at them now. Help!!
     
  3. jenniferlamar70

    jenniferlamar70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure. My friend got her ducks and they follow her all over the place. They are devoted to her lol.
     
  4. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try rubbing their bills. Ours find it relaxing. We also talk to our ducks so they know our voices.
     
  5. The Duck Ladie

    The Duck Ladie Duck Addict

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    Some ducks are naturally very skiddish.
     
  6. jenniferlamar70

    jenniferlamar70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll have to try that. I don't know why I didn't think of that. I do talk to them already. :) thanks for the tip. :)
     
  7. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sometimes give mine treats when I hold them, so they associate being held with something good, but that may not be a habit you want to start. [​IMG]
     
  8. jenniferlamar70

    jenniferlamar70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did think about that. Do I need to give them grit too like chickens or can they just have a treat by its self? Also how old can they start having a treat? :)
     
  9. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started giving mine treats at somewhere around one week. I think they can have it before that age, though. Ducks do need grit, but I don't think they need it with their regular feed. I give mine grit anyways in their feed. I don't know if they need it with a treat. I would just sprinkle a little on if you're going to give them treats (not on the treats, but their regular food.) Maybe someone else knows about grit with treats?
    They really really really like peas, just so you know. [​IMG]
     
  10. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, if you feed anything outside of starter ration, you'll need to provide grit.

    I offer grit free choice 24/7, so I can offer treats when I want. If the ducks need the grit, they'll take it.

    Be sure to use chick grit, not adult grit!
     

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