Thank you for your concern!! That was a five year old holding them, she’s still learning how to hold them. She just picked them up like that for a pic. They also get snuggles and kissesLovely ducks!!
Might I suggest you pick up your ducks as they get bigger with an arm under the belly -- I use a front to back technique so that my arm goes unde their pelvis. It gets uncomfortable for an adult duck to be picked up from the sides. Best if their weight is on their pelvis. They aren't fussy at the duckling stage as can be seen from your photographs.