My ducks only want me for food

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duckmom239, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Duckmom239

    Duckmom239 Hatching

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    hey y’all! I’m new here. I figured it was best for me to join because I have a ton of questions.

    So my ducks run to me when they see or hear me but that’s because they are expecting a treat (can of peas or corn). But they won’t let me pet them, and they get scared with any sudden movements. We’ve had them since they were 1 week old. Is there any advice you can give me?

    Also, one of them has hair on their feet?
     
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  2. Unexpected chicken lover

    Unexpected chicken lover Crowing

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    :welcome
    I'm Haley and I greatly enjoy participating and learning on this site!
    There are so many knowledgeable members willing to answer any/all questions...each member has their area of expertise as you will see. I learn something new everyday and am sure u will enjoy BYC as much as the rest of the flock!
    We share stories, happiness, and occasionally, grief. I'm sure you'll fit right in so jump on in and enjoy:highfive:

    Idk much about ducks, I only have 2 pekins n they love me for my treats too...someone is sure to come along that is well versed in the way of the duck...pictures? We love pictures
     
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  3. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Free Ranging

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    @Duckmom239 It sounds like your ducks are normal. Mine let me briefly touch their neck feathers, but only if I have a handful of mealworms. If they run to you for food, you have already won the battle. They see you as a kind person bringing them food and fresh water. Ducks really don't enjoy being held or touched. Some will tolerate it more than others.
    :welcome
     
  4. Chickensrforus1234

    Chickensrforus1234 Chirping

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    Your question is about the hairy feet? Can you add a picture?

    As far as the Ducks acting skittish that's what Ducks do. I'd say it's pretty good that you at least get them that close! You don't want to overdo it with treats because unlike humans you can't really tell if a duck is overweight by looking at them however their liver is can definitely get NAFLD( non-alcoholic fatty liver disease!!! Just think foie gras. You don't want your animals suffer just so that you could get close to them, right?

    Try using treats such as different types of grass from your yard you'd be surprised how easy it works!

    I read that someone on here said if you crouch down to be lowered to the ducks they will be less skittish and it definitely works!

    The idea of you petting your ducks like a dog have yet to see that. You would have a better chance with Geese or chickens!

    Gl!! U will be fine!!
     
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  5. Duckmom239

    Duckmom239 Hatching

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    Thank you guys! As long as it is normal than I’m happy!! Here is a photo of the one with hair on its legs. Both legs have it. This photo is not the best to see but I’ll take a better one tomorrow.
     

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  6. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Free Ranging

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  7. llombardo

    llombardo Songster

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    Same here. Sunny the Peking peaks around the house and gives me the side eye. Like I can't see her--it's hilarious. I can pick them up, I have to or they won't go in the pool. The Peking is the calmest and will let me hold her.

    I figured out why they don't go in the pool, they jump in the 5 gallon bucket meant for dunking. I've caught the Peking and the female khaki in there.
     
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  8. Chickensrforus1234

    Chickensrforus1234 Chirping

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    The title of this thread it's karma for everybody eating ducks. :lau


    That could be a good new horror movie "ducks the Revenge they've been waiting for"
     
  9. Duckmom239

    Duckmom239 Hatching

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    Wow! Ok I feel so much better. I’ve been googling this for a month and don’t know how I never saw the other thread!!
    I’m still trying to find out whose male and whose female. I’m definitely a newbie at this!!
     
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    Cryss Crowing

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