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
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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?
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