Do your ducks follow you?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckncover, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    Hi everyone! I was wondering if any of your ducks follow you around? Did you ever take them on a walk? It's such an experience to walk with your duck following behind you. I really want a duck that will follow me on walks One that can go with me when I go to parks without running away and will stay near me. I used to have a muscovy drake like this that I raised from a baby but he got aggressive when his hormones kicked in so I gave him to a friend with other muscovies. I want to get another duck but I want to make sure it will follow me through thick and thin like my boy Quackers did. Also can you tame and train a duck to follow you as an adult. Like one that wasn't imprinted?
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

  2. CrazyChookLady5

    CrazyChookLady5 Songster

    Dec 6, 2013
    Australia, NSW
    I don't have ducks, but when I feed my chooks they follow me around
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    No, i can herd them but they don't follow me about, truth be told i don't want them too. I would bet you could train them too, mostly treat based, which is something i don't do often.
  4. toowoombapekins

    toowoombapekins In the Brooder

    Dec 26, 2013
    Toowoomba, Australia
    my 7 week old pekins do follow me, but it's not like walking a dog. Sometimes they will walk right behind me, other times they will follow a bit then stop and peck around the grass and have a discussion about it. But if I move more than a few metres away from them I will hear the frantic patter of feet as they come running after me. They like to keep me in sight, but won't always follow every step. And whilst they do like to keep within sight of me, they will randomly take off for a brief sprint, especially if they get startled, so I wouldn't feel comfortable walking them along the footpath near the road
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
  5. Finny

    Finny Songster

    Jan 5, 2014
    Yes mine follow me around:) It is the cutest thing! I take them for walks to my mail box and back, but that is the farthest I have ever taken them although I have a long driveway. I am not sure a duck would go with you to the park if it is
  6. Finny

    Finny Songster

    Jan 5, 2014
    And ducks you get as grown ups will be less attached to you than if you raise them from ducklings.
  7. Learningstill

    Learningstill Songster

    Jun 10, 2013

    I had a duck like that when I was a kid. It was a duckling when he was given to me and we did not have any poultry, so the duck thought I was its mom or friend. It is not healthy for the duck to be like that though. They stress out when they are not with you once they are dependent on you. This duck was a rescue and my parents made me take it to a rehab and leave it. It was the saddest thing ever!!! It will forever be in my mind. The duck (Miracle) was put into this long kennel which ran along the driveway. The duck followed our car and was quacking so loudly and ramming its body into the fence repetitively trying to get through the fence. It is horrible. :(
    So, I would recommend having a duck extremely friendly, but not to the point of following you everywhere. Our ducks linger and come if we use our code word. They eat from our hands and if I sit on the ground while feeding them, some jump into my lap. They greet us with chatter every time we are near or come home.

    Not sure if this is helpful or what you want to hear, but I thought I would chime in.
    Best wishes!

  8. pinusresinosa

    pinusresinosa Songster

    Dec 23, 2013
    North Branch, MN
    I have one duck that will follow me, but she was raised pretty isolated as a duckling from other ducks and associates me with good things (handfuls of dried mealworms helps!).
  9. Jenny44

    Jenny44 In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2017
    I was wondering about this! I'm about to hatch ducklings, and am hoping to have many ducklings hatch. I'd like them to follow me and be attached when they are younger, but become more independent when they age (like most non-human imprinted ducks). I am hatching and raising them for an elderly couple, so I'm not their forever home, so I'd hate for them to become overly imprinted.

    Is there a happy medium where they follow you as babies but then grow up independent??
  10. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Free Ranging

    Aug 31, 2016
    NJ USA
    My Coop
    They get over the imprint stage after a while. Then the goal is to keep them tame :)
    What age do you plan to give them to the other couple?

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