Nicole Alderman wrote:I have a pond, and it's not been much of a problem. For the first year, I kept the ducks fenced out of it untill they were trained to go home. By only feeding them at night, they have insentive to go home. They won't leave the pond if they're not hungry, so I make sure to only feed them when luring them away from their foraging.
I've also noticed that they train each other. The new ducks and ducklings learned from the old flock, and now I really don't have problems with them. I put them in their fenced yard and feed them at around 3:00-5:00pm, and they've been trained for so long to go home at night, that I don't have to feed them to lure them in--they know it's time to go to bed, and they go. It helps to have a kind of "funnel" to the door: fencing on both sides, fanning out, so you can easily herd them in.
This. Exactly this. This is what my therapist has been talking about. And now with a tiny ad:
Dave Burton's Boot Adventures at Wheaton Labs and Basecamphttps://permies.com/t/119676/permaculture-projects/Dave-Burton-Boot-Adventures-Wheaton