how to tame my pet ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TheDuckCrew, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    Quote:Why is it unsafe for outside ducks to be tame to humans?

    They will trust all humans, even ones they shouldn't. They can follow humans up to roads where they can get run over. They can follow another human to a different farm where it could be culled/eaten. Plus they will quack all of the time because they miss humans. My choc runner hen gets very upset when i am gone for long. She will call for me in the house and i have to go calm her by petting her a sometimes giving her a hug. If i've been out all day she quacks at me as if she's saying, "Where were you missy!?!?! I thought you got eaten by a fox i was soo worried!" It's funny getting chewed out by a duck. They imprint on humans and think they are in fact humans. Mine get mad if they don't get to eat at the dinner table (well under the table begging for food).
     
  2. squeakyduck

    squeakyduck In the Brooder

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    I raised squeaky from a baby and from then up until she was a juvenile, she was terrified of humans approaching her. Now she quacks at me as I come down the stairs to the main level, and she is in the basement. She knows my walking pattern and voice. I know she gets lonely when I am not home. So, I will look around Easter to find another baby to raise up and be her friend. But, ducks do form an imprint of the humans around them, especially if they do not have any other duck friends.[​IMG]
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    That's why I am so worried about only hatching 1 duckling. Of the two eggs I have left in the incubator, one looks OK, the other I am not sure.
     
  4. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    wifezilla- you can still let another baby close to your big ducks. I put mine in a play pen, or a dog carrier... something they can see in but can't pick on the babies... It lets them see each other and get used to each other without hurting each other
     
  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

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    Nettie,
    Did you ever get that pekin sexed?
    Aubrey
     
  6. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    well, i didn't have to have it sexed... I'm about 95% sure it's a girl. She is attempting at quacking, so i'm fairly sure it's not a boy... But now i am confused about my mallard! lol
     
  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

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    I hear ya! LOL
    If your ever out this way, let me know, I will be glad to show you how to do that vent sexing.
    Aubrey
     
  8. Becky89*

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    When i get ducklings I hold them a lot and then when they grow up they come right to me cause I talk to them and hang out wiht them a lot.

    When I rescue a duck I work with it everyday feed it from my hand if possible. Talk to it let it come to me for treats. I hold each one of my ducks each day and I even take them for walks so I try and pair up the new ducks with an older duck so it kind of bonds with that duck and with the older duck bonded to me so will the newer duck.

    Kind of hard to explain sorry [​IMG]
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Get a cat to pet. Ducks just aren't naturally " cuddlers". [​IMG]
     
  10. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    to get a duck that remotely cuddles, requires a huge amount of work. My duck mingmei likes to give a duck hug every now and then, but she only does it to me and only when she's in the mood. lol. Everyone else cuddles only because i pick up their ducky butts and make them. lol
     

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