How to pick up you're duck properly?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckncover, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    Quacker hates being picked up. Am I doing it wrong? She kicks her feet, even when I try to support them. And even spreads her wings. Also can anyone give some advice on clicker training your duck? I'd like to teach her to fetch.
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Generally ducks don't like to be held, i only do so when needed. Sorry, never clicker trained a thing, so cannot help there. Do you have Storey's guide to ducks? he has good info on properly picking up a duck.
  3. melissamerry

    melissamerry Songster

    Aug 17, 2012
    Goleta, California
    I found that starting at a low height and picking up my ducks really helped them become accustomed to being held. I would sit on my knees and pick one up and hold it there so that it's feet were gently resting on the top of my legs. Slowly we advanced higher and now they are fine with being held. One even likes to lay on his back on top of our heads!

    I have no idea about clicker training. I just used dry cat food to condition them to follow certain routines.

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