How do you tame a duck?

BrianS

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
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I got my girl 2 ducklings a month or 2 ago and they are wild as a March hair lol. My chickens will let you pick them up and follow you around but these ducks wont. Any of you had luck in taming a duck?
 

Wifezilla

Positively Ducky
11 Years
Oct 2, 2008
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What breed did you get? Different breeds have much different personality types.

My Welsh Harlequins are easy to p ick up but they still don't like it. They get really close to you and eat out of your hand and are very friendly. I don't think my runner has ever gotten closer than 2 feet to me on purpose
 

DuckFanatic

Songster
10 Years
Jun 15, 2009
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AZ
I hand raised my ducklings from day olds and they are totally scared of me
one is a silver swede and the other two are Cayugas. My swede is by far the friendliest though. I guess it really does depend on the breed. They are all slooowly but surely warming up to me
The best way to make them more comfortable around you, as I have learned, is just sitting around them quietly, not trying to hold them, and maybe even feed them some treats. It's funny because I also rescued three ducks (runner and two buffs) and one of the buffs is so friendly, even though the start of her life wasn't the best... I think it's because she is older and appreciates me because I saved her
Good luck with your duckies
 

BrianS

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
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Missouri
I got 'em at the local farmer market and were sold as Mallards. I assume they are domesticated Mallards
 

BrianS

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
15
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Missouri
Quote:I have reached the conclusion that chickens make much better "friends" LOL
These ducks might be going into the oven if they dont straighten up LOLOL
 

Wifezilla

Positively Ducky
11 Years
Oct 2, 2008
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Colorado
LOL

As long as they aren't going to waste.

From what I have read on BYC, chickens are more like dogs. Ducks seem to be more like cats. Since I am already the slave to 3 cats, I have no trouble also serving 6 ducks
 

pbjmaker

Crowing
11 Years
May 9, 2008
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So far my little ducklings are friendlier than any day old chick I have ever had. They are 3 or 4 days old now and let us handle them and even follow my 15 year old around. Maybe it's because we hatched them from eggs and they imprinted on us?
 

Wifezilla

Positively Ducky
11 Years
Oct 2, 2008
11,199
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Colorado
That could be. The ducks I hatched out were friendly. But my Welsh Harlequins are even friendlier despite coming from a hatchery. Breed does make a big difference.
 

xfilesnumber1fan

Songster
11 Years
Nov 24, 2008
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Missouri
If I have a bag of peas my ducks become your best friend...Still dont like to be picked up..You have to grab one whens its not looking if you want to hold them...Mallards from day old babies and crested,and pekin...
 

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