will a duck miss you?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duck15, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. duck15

    duck15 Chirping

    Jul 12, 2011
    Philippines Makati
    if you only feed a duck and not play with it for like a week will it miss you?

  2. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I would think it depends on how the duck was raised, etc. My ducks wouldn't really miss me BUT I sold my original drake this weekend and his original girlfriend is missing him. [​IMG]
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    I havent left home for more than overnight these days- but a few years ago I was gone for ten days. I got home and went straight out the back and called my favorite duck. As she came waddling over to me- I sat down on the grass. She jumped onto my lap - then proceeded to bite my arms up to my shoulder and then my ear. She then settled down and snuggled to enjoy a cuddle just like any other time. I have always thought she was telling me off for leaving her alone so long as she never acted like that before - or after that one occasion. She did have about 6 other birds in the yard at that time- so did at least have some other company while I was gone and the neighbour was feeding and watering them.

    A duck is happier in a flock- and if it does not have company it will get lonely. If you are " the company" and dont have time to spend with the bird then it is kinder to have more than one duck so they dont get lonely.

    Whether a duck has the range of emotions to " miss" an owner...who knows... Better to give it some duck company and never have to find out.
  4. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Songster

    Jul 5, 2011
    Quote:Well said. Love it.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Quote:Well said. Love it.

    X 2 Common sense.
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    That's why I bought ten ducklings last year - I considered the statistics on mortality, and wanted to have enough so that they could be a small flock, plenty of company for each other for those times I was away. They know who I am, but they seem to manage fine when I need to be away for a few days. They don't pine - they eat, they drink, last year they even laid more eggs while I was away than when I was home!!
  7. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    I'm sure if you raised the duck form a baby all by itself it would become very attached to you and if you didn't visit it for a while it would be very lonely without you b/c it has no other ducky friends to be with. My ducks on the other hand do not miss me at all, they have each other for company, I bought all of them as adults and none of them were hand raised so they don't really seek out human attention (though they do enjoy my company when I give them some treats), my oldest hen is pretty tame and comes up to me wanting food, but I doubt she is all that upset if I don't see her for a few days.

  8. duck15

    duck15 Chirping

    Jul 12, 2011
    Philippines Makati
    My duck has a partner but if i leave them and just feed them for 1 week will the duck i raised by myself miss me?
  9. KrazyKZ08

    KrazyKZ08 Chirping

    Aug 2, 2011
    Brevard, FL
    I would think its like owning any kind of bird. the more you handle it or spend time with it, the more it will crave the attention. and if you don't spend time with it, then it wont like spending time with you. its harder to bond with birds that already have another companion, but it's still relative to how much you spend time with them in comparison
  10. mattyb144

    mattyb144 Hatching

    Jul 31, 2011
    i dont know because i didnt raise my ducks right and nnow they are attacking my dogs

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