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What breeds of ducks make good pets? I heard that runner ducks do and mallards but i cant get mallards where im from. My family doesnt like runners so are there any other ducks that make good pets out there? THANKS!wee.gif

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All ducks have the potential to make good pets. It has alot more to do with how you raise them vs their individual breed. 

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All ducks have the potential to make good pets. It has alot more to do with how you raise them vs their individual breed. 

Ditto.

 

Love'em up and it usually produces friendly if not very sweet ducks.

 

I have runners and they are not skittish, and are sweet and friendly.  And funny.  And good company.  And did I mention they are beautiful?  And bright, very bright . . . .

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"stable families living peaceful lives in prosperity and physical security while free to pursue our own spiritual or religious beliefs. Adequate nutritious food and clean water. …  balanced lives with time for family, friends and community .... All to be ensured, ... on a foundation of regenerating soils and biologically diverse communities on Earth’s land and in her rivers, lakes and oceans."...

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post #4 of 9

I love my Pekins :) With that said we have muscovies too and a runner! Oh and 2 buff geese! All of them are wonderful pets!

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Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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I love my Pekins smile.png With that said we have muscovies too and a runner! Oh and 2 buff geese! All of them are wonderful pets!

I love our Peking duck she is so friendly and funny. We also have 2 Rouens but it's not fair to them to say they are not good pets because they are not free range yet so they only get out when my grand daughter is home. They are at that stage where they run scared all the time and are hard to catch sometimes. Well one of them is really hard to catch and is not as brave about anything as the other one.
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My pekin has been a wonderful pet to my family. She's very sweet and very social, always wanting to be with us. She's never been one to run. She'd rather be up in somebodies lap getting attention and a good petting lol.png
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Raising two boys and a pampered pekin duck named Soleil (b. 3/12/2012)

Founding member of the Pekin Duck Club on BYC!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/742668/pekin-duck-club
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post #7 of 9

Runners are so sweet though... Anyway, it really depends on how you handle the ducklings and their individual personalities. For examples, my two rouens, Mabel and Dipper, have very different personalities. They had the same amount of handling as babies, and Mabel still enjoys a pet or two if she is laying down, loves being sang and talked to, and will eat out of my hand. But being picked up? Out of the question. Dipper on the other hand will leave the safety of the flock just to run up to me. He also will hop in my lap and let me snuggle him. He once actually climbed in my shirt while I was laying on my tummy in the grass, reading. When I do this, he also loves to lay on my butt or back and preen my hair. Also, my khaki campbell girls, Wendy and Amethyst like to join Dipper if he is laying on my back and will snuggle up on my legs. They also occasionally crawl into my lap for pets, but not as often as Dipper.

 

BTW, since they are just a few months old (got them May 20th when they were a week old), I don't know for sure about their genders, and their names reflect what we tentatively think they are. Also, drakes are known to be quieter and a bit more snuggly, as the females can get nippy. It all depends on the bird though. 

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2 Rouens (one crested), 2 khaki campbell girls, one runner, two bengal cats, one american bobtail, a pit bull, a boston terrier, a bearded dragon, and 3 sebastopol girls! (RIP Gypsy)
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post #8 of 9

I find that Runner's can be heavily influenced by young goslings.  We tried this with Toulouse's and it paid off huge.  We can feed the runner clan by hand (about 15 or so).

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I think runners are heavily influenced by any animals. :gigMy runner follows any passing animal around the yard. Most ducks feel more safe with a crowd, but the runners are often so timid that the only way they will begin to warm up to you is if they are led by another animal. After that they're very sweet though. Just cautious.

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2 Rouens (one crested), 2 khaki campbell girls, one runner, two bengal cats, one american bobtail, a pit bull, a boston terrier, a bearded dragon, and 3 sebastopol girls! (RIP Gypsy)
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