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 Post subject: At a loss with my ducks!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:36 am 
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Hatchling
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Hello Forum Members:

I am new here, however I moderate a military research forum.

I have had ducks, as pets, for quite a few years and I am faced with a new problem I have never encountered before.

I have non-flying Rheun Mallards, 4 females. I got them at 3 days old in April 2007. They are fully feathered and roaming around outside their pen and shelter comfortably.

However, I have a 10'X10'X2' deep pond that I built especially for my ducks. I cannot get these ducks to go into the pond. I fenced off the perimeter of the pond and put them in the pond one at a time, and they loved it. But, as soon as I removed the fencing they got out and will not go in on their own. Also, I provide them with a water pan about 10" in diameter. When I let them out of their house in the morning I fill this pan with clean water. Every single morning I have to reintroduce this water pan to them. They approach it like they've never seen it before. I sit by the pan and splash the water until they feel safe in coming over to it. They have imprinted with me pretty good and I'm wondering if that could be the problem?

Any suggestions will be appreciated,

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:41 am 
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Hi and Welcome to BYP.
Some ducks don't like swimming.
I don't think I have ever seen my Muscovy ducks in the pool.
My Pekins hardly ever get in but my Saxonys that were raised on a dam are in there all the time.
It may be because yours are hand raised and they haven't really learned to like swimming.
Do they drink from the water pan?
That may be all they want to do.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:28 pm 
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Hi:

Yes, they drink from the pan and get into the pan and try to swim and do the dunking thing they do when I put them in the pond. When I put them in the pond they absolutely have a ball. But, as soon as they get out they won't go in on their own. This type of duck is the only kind I've ever had and I have hand raised them too. Someone suggested it could be because I don't have a male around?? Don't want a male, I live in a very cold climate and the babies don't do well.

Thanks for the quick reply, and the welcome, glad to talk to others with ducks :)

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 Post subject: swimming or not
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:03 pm 
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Hi, I have crested, elizabeth, elizabeth x and muscoveys with my geese (emden & toulouse) I cant keep them out of the water. They love it be it dam or bath. Just let them do their own thing and they might get more confident about swimming
Cheers, duckie


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