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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:33 am 
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I have 2 ducklings, they are around 5 weeks and 11 weeks old... had them for a week now.
Whats the best way to tame them enough for me to pick them up without having to chase after them?
The youngest one has started to eat out of my hand now if i sit still for ages but the older one aint having none of it!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:07 am 
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Mussies are a bit like Labradors. They are food motivated. The older one may follow the younger one's lead if you progress gradually.

I don't know if the chicken hypnosis technique would work for ducks (ducks are not quite so blind and 'zoned out' at night and will struggle) but may be worth a try.
Pick up chook (in the dark). Sit with with it on your knee and stroke (quite firmly) from head to tail - upwards motion at tail (downwards is for 'milking' the male), whilst counting aloud from 1 - 100. When you put the bird down it will be quite 'zoned out'. A few nights of this and a chook will be much more relaxed around you and you can try the same thing in daylight.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:22 pm 
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Thank you :) I will give it a shot!

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Try introducing them to thawed frozen peas and feed them while they are in your lap. Make being on your lap a positive experience :)

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