Why are my call ducks afraid of water?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Scifisarah, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Scifisarah

    Scifisarah Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Rockford MI
    My Coop
    So I am totally confused at this point. My first three call ducks LOVED water from the time they were ducklings through adulthood. They even slept in the water all night. Now I have one male duck who is a little over a year old and currently molting, and two young female ducks a few months old who will not go into their pool. They will walk up the ramp and drink water out of it, but never go in. Today I tried to tempt them in by putting the hose over it with some running water trickling out. The adult male went in for about three seconds before bursting out like he was frightened. He used to love the water and he was rarely out of the pool. The two young ducks were hatched by a chicken, but I wouldn't think that would matter. They are in with chickens, so I would like to be able to feed them floating food in the pool so the chickens don't end up stealing it all. Is this normal behavior?
  2. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    I don't think it's normal for a call duck not like water......but try tempting them in by throwing some peas in............
  3. magistradomina

    magistradomina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2010
    Where I live.
    Perhaps it's because they are molting and they don't want to be cold? Good luck with you ducks!
  4. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    If you bought them older and they never had swimming water chances are they won't swim.....
  5. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Bedfordshire, England
    I think I'd agree that it might be due to the moulting and not wanting to get too wet and cold, since they have less feathers and therefore less waterproofing [​IMG]

    I recommend you don't try and force them to swim/get wet, just let them do it in their own time, even if all they do is wash for 10 seconds [​IMG] I'm sure they'll start to like it again soon. If you're really worried about them being dirty or something then you could try tempting them with a treat in the pool... [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by