Training Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Shap3712, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. Shap3712

    Shap3712 New Egg

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    So at what point will my team of ducks be trainable and/ or not run in fear when I enter the garage? They are about 3.5 weeks old.


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  2. Happy Quack

    Happy Quack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would start spending time with them now. I usually start handling them for a few minutes every day from day one. That's just me. I never move fast around them.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    How have you interacted with them up to now? Many ducklings go into a phase of extreme fearfulness at around 3 weeks. It takes some work and some time, but they can come out of it.

    It really matters how you relate with them.
     
  4. Shap3712

    Shap3712 New Egg

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    They stay in the garage most of time.. But I try to play with them in the yard or in our bath tub once a day. I guess that's not enough interaction.....should I get some sort of treats to feed them? I know the sooner I get on this this better!
     
  5. JustPlainDon

    JustPlainDon Out Of The Brooder

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    Treats/food and repetition are always good ways to train animals. Do your best to be as non-threatening as you can. Get down on the garage floor at their level and you are a little less scary. If you can get them to eat food out of your hand and let them walk over your still hand they will learn the hand brings food and is not going to hurt them. Once they start coming to your hand, gently stroke them with a thumb once. And increase with time and decrease the treat with time as well. Just take it slow and there will be days where it may seem like one step forward and two steps back. Don't give up.

    Best of luck,
    Don
     

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