If you have “free range” ducks and intend to move them from one location to another, this may be helpful.
1. Identify your destination.
2. Create a clear path that is free of diversional routes. An exit into the brambles
will complicate your mission greatly. Avoid the brambles completely.
3. At the final destination, set a pond-like container on the ground.
It could be a large basin, a kiddie wading pool or even an old camping cooler.
4. Turn on the water and fill the container but let the water run so that the
sound is attractive to your herd. Water flowing over the top of a container
is like heavenly harps for ducks. Ducks can hear the sound of running water
from a great distance.
5. Take two long branches, one for each arm, and carry them with you as you
slow walk behind the ducks so that the herd is between you and the destination.
6. Gently extend the branches to make your arms look very long and begin to walk
slowly toward the ducks. Slow walking and a gentle fanning of the branches
alerts the ducks to move away from you. Rapid movements will frighten them
and they will bolt in every direction. You do not want that!
7. Watch for the “darters” and use your branches to keep them with the herd.
Slow and gentle movements please. Cursing and flailing your arms will only
complicate your task so keep your feelings to yourself.
8. As the ducks become aware of the water flow, they will move themselves
as if they had created the whole, blasted plan.
9. When they all arrive at the water, close off the path back to the former site.
10. Offer them a pan of grain for their hard work.
10. Say “Good Quacksters, how smart you were to find fresh water.”
11. Don’t forget to turn off the hose.