Do your ducks let you pet them?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by J99, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. J99

    J99 Songster

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    2918087A-5F81-4BFF-84F3-E2C3C474F6F9.jpeg C635D6FE-7462-429B-904E-2C830458E3C8.jpeg I have 2 Indian runner or mixed Drakes and two Rouen ducks. They will come to me when they see me. If I sit out in the coop they all four come to me and peck my clothes , shoes and my chair. When I talk to them they’ll cock their heads to one side and listen and they get all loud and happy when they see me come in , but if I even act like I’m going to touch them in any way they all run away and quack
     

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  2. Rammy

    Rammy Crowing

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    Nope. They think Im going to kill them when I go into thier yard. Almost break thier necks getting out of the pool. :idunno
     
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  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Definitely not.
     
  4. J99

    J99 Songster

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    Hahahha mine used to do that now they’ll swim while I’m still trying to clean the pool I’m like get out wait a minute and they surround me in my chair but if I even put my hand a little close to them they run
     
  5. Muscovy-palooza

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    That's funny! Mine mostly do the same however we are sneaking in pets when we are giving them special treats. Some totally freak but most of them are getting acclimated. We have a couple that we can hold. I am certain that if I worked with them more that they would be climbing in my lap. They wag their tails and come when I talk to them. Imagine 30 ducklings and 12 adults! It's amazing how they differ in personality. They are so darn cute!
     
  6. J99

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    Wow lol I only have four and I can’t sneak anything they want to all touch me but I can’t touch them
     
  7. FortCluck

    FortCluck Crowing

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    One of my muscovy allows me to pet it and hold it, but she's disabled and she knows I'm not going to hurt her or anything. My other 3 run like crazy
     
  8. BantyChooks

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    No, ducks have a much stronger prey animal mentality than chickens and prefer to initiate contact on their own. Petting is perceived as aggression. This is, of course, only applicable to ducks of average tameness. Bonded birds behave much differently.
     
  9. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    My handraised duckling does.
    My two purchased lady friends of his do not.
     
  10. J99

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    That sucks I thought ducks got close to you and man I’m out there often dealing with them , as I said they do come right to me and peck me not angrily just curiously and will listen to me talk but that’s as far as we’ve gotten and I’ve had them since they were 8 was old
     

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