My chickens are *incredibly* friendly and bold. In other words, they associate me with food. In fact, they probably associate all humans with food (and don't draw much of a distinction between us). The ones I hand-tamed as chicks are the friendliest, but even our more recent hatch (now about four months old) will eat out of my hand if I am still and patient, even if they have never had the experience of doing so before. I have ten ducks. Eight are also about four months old. Two are 1 year+ adults that I bought from someone a few towns over. They are all terrified of me. The adult ducks, their former owner says, are very bold and are hand tame, but unlike chickens, they definitely distinguish between humans (i.e., just because they would eat of his hand, doesn't mean they'll trust me enough to eat of mine). They are still adjusting to their environment and seem to be skittish not only around me but all the other birds! The juvenile ducklings are definitely getting calmer as they grow older, but unless I pen them up (which they won't like), I am not quite sure how to get them comfortable eating either from my hand or near me. Whatever I did with my chickens just isn't working for my ducks. I tried hand taming them as ducklings and one duck was brave enough to eat of my hand. The others were just constantly flipping out and it seemed like I was causing them more stress than it would ever be worth (again, sooo different from chickens!). One of the issues with chickens v. ducks is that they all free range together, so if I try to feed the ducks, the chickens come running and the ducks really aren't ones to get caught up in that drama. If I throw food in their direction, they don't even recognize it as food and don't seem particularly interested in eating it. This is true even of salmon, which my chickens go nuts over. Is this a problem of keeping ducks and chickens together? Are ducks just more standoffish / less brave than chickens as a general rule? Or am I just particularly bad at speaking duck? Thanks!