These things are freakin cowards. They will run at the first sign of danger. Make sure to carry with argy while using for maximum efficiency. If you trained it for gathering prime, put it in a tame order group of your choice, and whistle attack target on the dead creature while carrying it with argy/quetz, preferably a quetz because you can carry and attack at the same time, and fly close. Then once it harvests, fly home and enjoy the prime!
Feeding it what you want it to gather has NO EFFECT on its father rates. These are determined by the additional level granted every level to increase your moschops' gathering efficiency of your chosen resource.
Best for if you need fast polymer for crafting. I have used this countless times to make all the industrial equipment. But only level up health and weight and put the gathering levels into polymer. Mines at 530% and I get 50 polymer per penguin. ðŸ‘