Originally Posted by Amiga
I must say that of the six adopted rescues we have had, three have been kinda shy, though they are warming up slowly, one was shy but becoming friendlier when we lost her to e.y.p., one was shy but is now one of the friendliest (but still a touch-me-not), and one is friendly and just fine with being picked up and nuzzled.
It depends on their temperament and upbringing.
Of the eleven we raised from day-olds, Drei, Elf, and Zwei turned out to be huggy, Acht and Zehn sometimes huggy, the rest like to get close, even snuggle with me when I lie down with them, but don't like pets. No one likes being picked up.
Some folks surrender their ducks because they cannot afford vet care, or lose their homes. Those would be the most likely to be already very much friendly pets.
It seems that all of my adopted ducks came from homes that really loved them as ducklings, and spent a lot of time with them then. Then, as happens all too often, they didn't spend much time with them, and they got neglected in different ways. Of the 6 we adopted, they are all warm and trusting, and have never shown a single sign of aggression. These ducks were not abused by any means, just a little neglected. Even the two we added about 2 weeks ago are already eating out of my hands, and I got to hug one of them yesterday! It was kind of like the hug a great aunt gives to her 6 year old nephew, but, like the great Aunt in this story - I was greatly fulfilled by this wiggly, halfhearted snuggle. Marguerite has been the hardest to bond with, but like all the others, I love her too much.