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Taming Ducks And Ducklings

I am often asked about how to tame ducks and ducklings.

Hey i have 6 prob 5 week old baby ducks and am having problems getting them use to being held we got em when they was 4 weeks old and so there use to each other and are use to the fact we feed them but not use to us holding them. When we pick them up to put them in water they squirm and want loose. Plz help. I want them to be use to us and not stress out everytime we hold em. Briana

Hi Briana,

Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and sending this email.

I would try stroking them when it is getting dark as they will be sleepy and more settled. Once they are used to your touch then they will gradually let you pick them up and then stroke then as you hold them and they will be used to the stroking. Once they are used to the stroking I would gently talk to them so that they are used to your voice.

I would also give them their favourite food and feed them close to you so that they get used to being close to you.

I think it takes quite a bit of time and effort to get the ducks tame enough to be held.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

I recently set up a free forum with a section on ducks that you may find interesting. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=5

What breed are your ducks?

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

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6 Responses to “Taming Ducks And Ducklings”

  1. sara says:

    Hi Jane,
    Ducklings like lettuce or cabbage shredded up and grass. I am not sure about tomatoes. I will ask on the forum here when i get the chance. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=5
    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

  2. Jane says:

    thank you so much for your advice. I will try it out soon.
    I was just wondering what kinds of veggies ducklings can have.
    I know that ducks like tomatoes but are they okay for ducklings?

  3. sara says:

    Hi Jane,
    Welcome to the farmingfriends website. From experience I have found that ducks do really stick together. I have 7 and they are generally always togther and if they do get separated they quack til they get back together. I wonder if when you feed them you can handle them so that they get used to being handled one at a time and the other one will be distracted with their food.
    Also I have heard that people get a soft toy duck to help combat lonelimess if they only have one duckling. If you had a soft toy duckling then maybe one of the ducklings would be distracted and think it still had a mate whilst you pick up the other.
    I will add your question to the farmingfriends duck forum as this is a popular place for chat about ducks. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=5
    Let me know how you get on with your ducks.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  4. Jane says:

    I would like to apologies for my first message
    What I meant to say is that my ducklings will NOT leave each other

  5. Jane says:

    I have two Rouen ducklings and they will leave each others sight
    I cant hold one of them with out the other one crying
    is there anything that I can do to make them more comfortable when there not together

  6. jaydan says:

    how do i tame my runna ducklings it sits with me and eats of my hands so thats a start but how do i tame it to follow mw pleas reply jaydan brand robinson