Posted 05-16-2003 at 22:11:53
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My wife brought home 3 ducklings from Tractor Supply a couple of months ago. We raised them in the shop and in the meantime I spent 3 weekends building a 3 by 5 duck house for the one-acre pond.
We moved the ducks to the pond a few weeks ago. After a couple of nights we were able to get the ducks to walk right into their house each night to eat, about 12 feet from the water of the pond. They mostly wanted to go in there to get fed.
My son's girlfriend had Pete the duck, who was give to one of her little sisters on Easter 2 years ago. He was colored green at the time. I guess nobody figured on him growing up. Pete liked to peck and your legs and pretty much won't let you walk around. They decided to bring Pete out and let him live with our ducks on our 24 acres.
Pete wouldn't go in the duck house at all. Meanwhile, our 3 ducks, who had gone in like clockwork for weeks, got their routine messed up and they wouldn't go in either. Earlier this week we finally gave up and let them stay out, as they have found something they really like in the shallow end of the pond across on the other side from the duck house.
Next morning one of our ducks was gone. Eaten by a coyote I imagine.
Now, even though Pete has returned to his previous abode, we are having the dickens getting our ducks to go in the duck house. They seem to be eating something in the pond and aren't that hungry for the duck food any more.
I need some ideas for a real duck treat that we could entice them with, if there is such a thing.