Ok, I'm not a duck genius... but from what I gather, they aren't as likely to let you touch them, let alone pick them up. Some will follow you... mostly in the hopes of food. I had 2 males (1 is now digesting in my stomach from dinner) and now I've added a female I got on April 2nd who was 2 weeks old then. She's fully feathered out now and huge. I had her inside for less then 2 weeks when I gave up on trying to clean the brooder twice a day. She was out in her pen, where my other ducks would come up and eat next to her pen each day to get to know her. She's pretty large now and with one male down I wanted to introduce her to the other. I had her out every day wondering the yard with us, eating worms and slugs as treats. The male would always come up and stay about 5 ft away at all times. They still haven't mingled... and she just refuses. Well, to the point. We've physically PUT her in the pond to swim and she comes right back out. She stay like ON MY HEELS all the time. She's not afraid of my dog who tries to chase her, she rubs up against my daughter with her head and will lay down and let a 2 year old pet her. She wants on my lap and will rest her head on my feet if I'm just standing out in the yard doing nothing. She was rubbing her head on my husband's leg while he was fishing yesterday because she wanted attention!?!? I'm shocked! I don't think this is normal for a duck? They just don't seem to be an affectionate type animals. I always thought my chickens more calm and docile and willing to sit and be petting... but this duck just takes the cake! So does anyone else have a super affectionate duck?! Is this a breed thing or just really random? She's reminding me of the duck on the disney movie Pacifier, just without the biting and she's not allowed in the house.