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She may never let you stay in her lap, even if she likes you. Domestic mallards don't usually like to be held and picked up, mine was raised from an egg and thinks he's a human and he still doesn't like it. Wild mallards are hard to tame, and you should clip her wing to keep her from flying away, with these leg problems she shouldn't be allowed to fly and get hurt. Sit outside with her and talk to her and let her come to you. And this is going to be hard but don't pick her up a lot, looming over her to grab her will freak her out and she'll be scared, pick her up if she's calm and doesn't cry out when you go near her. Try giving her live meeleworms from your hand or putting them in the ground in front of her, meeleworms are fav treats for ducks and chickens, mine go wild form them.
Well she's in pain and is in new places around these big scary loud humans so she's a little out of her element right now. Being around her will get her used to you and people in general and giving her those meeleworms will make her associate you with good things like yummy food. You could also put a shirt you've worn for a day or two where she sleeps so she can get used to your smell, though ducks aren't really smell based, they rely more on sight it will still make her a bit calmer. You'll want to move her as little as possible until she's better because shifting around will hurt and we don't want her associating you with pain. Try not to loom over her a lot, she feel like a hawk is trying to get her and she'll be scared. Speaking of that, a thing about mallards is that they still have a lot of their survival instincts so she may always run away from you, it's not that she doesn't like you, in the wild if something big is coming towards her, she'll run from it. Mallards don't get picked up in the wild so that will always probably be weird for her but not to worry, if she bounds to you is great! It's why I love mallards so much, they rely on and love you so much! Mine doesn't like to sit in my lap but her does like to perch on my shoulder and cuddle while I watch tv.
I agree you should look into getting her a friend, but wait until she walks a bit better. Metzer Farms can send you two sexed mallard ducklings but it's a little pricey. Two would be best genders are up to you, most people keep one male two females. You could also buy her a baby pool with a ramp so she can swim and bathe. Or just get a tub and let her take a bath once a day. Ducks need water in order to oil their feathers correctly, mine hate it when their feather get dry.