YES! The behavior you described is exactly how my George and Martha are!! Hoping for the one day that they'll actually 'like' me better. I got ducks totally on a whim. We wanted them, but were NOT knowledgeable at all! Hey, sounds like our intro into chickens! But that's another story.... So needless to say, we are pretty much dummies to duckies, but would love to better understand them. We are the ones who need to learn and change, not them. Thanks for such a nice reply, as I've seen you reply often to me, I just want to say I really appreciate your help. Thank you for such a nice personalized reply. Boy, this group is just great and super friendly bunch (unlike my George and Martha! ) I too received my pair from a hatchery and also arrived at 3 days old. Mine came from Ideal poultry, but from day one, they've hated me with a passion. Now I understand their apprehensions about me better. Although mine are not jumbo (although you could've fooled me since they're HUGE) But they never imprinted on me out of the box. Thankfully so! We did play with the fantasy of an imprinted duck, but read a lot about the side effects and were almost instantly turned off by the idea. It is because of our intent not to allow imprinting that we raised them without a lot of handling. But then again, a lot of our 'sets' of chickens didn't get much handling either when they were younger and still quite sweet. They go outside, when the weather permits, which is not often. And spend nice amounts of time in a treat filled bathtub but the moment they see a human, forget it! They are running and jumping to get away. It seems like treats help, if you toss them. But if they see that you placed it politely on the ground, they won't touch it! I'm convinced they think I put arsenic in their food! ;P they're a little over one month old, and about as big as Percy, our polish hen. I suppose only time will tell how or if their personalities change. Or perhaps we are in way over our heads.... Oh and btw to whoever said about approaching them slowly at a lower level while making small duck noises: Yes I have been trying this method ever since reading it... While although I am certainly by no means making a joke out of it, I can't help but to kinda laugh at myself. It really is quite hysterical, and the dear significant other gets a kick out of it. I still can't do it without laughing at myself, but I have to ask how, how well does this method really work? And are their other ' desensitizing' to humans I could do for my ducks? And lastly, I am so glad to see I'm not the only one who's had this problem. At first I thought I was unique. I thought perhaps they were sick birds since I got them from a hatchery. Oh and lastly, (really this time!) Could anyone tell me how to tell them apart? I know I'm calling them George and Martha, but I'd like to know who I'm speaking to individually. Correct me if I'm wrong, George has the prominent golden yellow beak, while Martha has the pinkish one, no? Thanks again, all!