Ducks as pets

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by schoebel_taylor, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. schoebel_taylor

    schoebel_taylor Songster

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    Is it possible to make ducks friendly to the point where they will let you hold them? Are there different kinds that are friendlier than others? If so, whick kinds?
     
  2. froggie71

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    Yes ducks can be friendly. Give them lots of treats! And yes some ducks are "friendlier" than others. I do believe the more ducks you have the more scare of you they are. As the saying goes "Birds of a feather..." They will like to hang out by themselves. If you handle them a lot and give them treats, they will walk up to you on their own. Khaki Campbells are nice ducks as well as the Swedish ( they don't run as fast as the others and are easier to catch) [​IMG] The Indian Runners are just that, they love to run. My boys pick them all up all the time though. Ducks are AWESOME!
     
  3. schoebel_taylor

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    Thank you for replying! I will have to give mine treats. Good thinking.[​IMG]
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Ducks are very treat motivated [​IMG]

    I have several breeds and some are more likely to be friendlier than others. If you seriously want a "lap duck", I would try Welsh Harlequins. Buffs are also friendly, but they are generally more "bossy" and strong headed. Kind of like a cat...LOL Then I would only get two ducks and handle them like crazy. More ducks and they bond to each other and not you.
     
  5. froggie71

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    Quote:LOL That's what I was trying to say..... I'm not always great with words. [​IMG]
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I was just expanding on your concept. [​IMG]

    Oh..and Cetawin swaers by Anconas. She says hers are even friendlier than her Welsh Harlequins
     
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  7. CityChicker

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    My Anconas *could be* very friendly. They were extremely intelligent and were the definite ring leaders of my flock when I had them. They didn't like to be picked up, but once you did- they were very calm.

    The calmest and tamest ducks I have ever had are Mini Appleyard/Silver Bantams. They like to be right by us when we are out in the yard. We also had a Dutch Hookbill that was very calm and tame also (have heard that is typical for the breed, but I only had one).

    I would *love* to try the Welsh Harlequins since I have heard they are so friendly too.
     
  8. hearthnsoul

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    Number 1,... food is king,..my ducks will do just about anything for food, number two, I call this the art of seduction,...my husband by the way says I have been spending too much time with ducks and chicks :)
    My ducks and chicks will come to me easily but on their own terms. For instance some of my ducks like to sit on my lap and nibble any buttons on my clothes. If I were to pick one up it would flap like a maniac and protest, but if I sit on the floor within moments they will come and sit on my lap,..it has to be their own idea. I think I managed to get them this way first with bribery, aka hey ducky want some spinach or lettuce,..so they associated me with their fav treats. I would just sit in the middle of them and let them chomp away as I hand fed them,..some of them let their curiosity about my buttons lead to them being lap ducks. Now they will do it without treats, but again, it has to be in their own time and their own way. Also I have noticed that each duck has it's own desire so to speak. Some of them want to sit with me for warmth, some for food, some just because they are copying the others. You have to figure out what they want and then entice them with it.
     
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    You described it perfectly. If you sit on the grass and let them come to you, I get climbed on, nibbled on, hidden under, etc... If I go to grab them...ZOOM! They are off like a flash.

    Plus, if you are down on their level and not towering over them, you are less threatening.
     
  10. schoebel_taylor

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    Thank you! Im getting all kinds of advice![​IMG]
     

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