At the farm I help out at, a random duck just showed up one day. The farm owner went out to feed the outside horses and kicked up a bucket and alas! There was a duck under it! We found out the duck's story; the farm's neighbor, we'll call him Rob. Well Rob's nephew raises ducks, and one duck was so docile that all the other ducks would beat up on him. So Rob's nephew send the docile duck to Rob, and one day that duck decided to just wander over to the farm.
I named the duck Mr. Waddles (I think its pretty fitting), and so far he's been doing good. He can eat out of your hand, be picked up, and the farm has two ponds for him to hang out in and eat from. After asking my dad, I found out that Mr. Waddles is a Mallard drake in molt, so he doesn't have all his pretty colors right now.
Anyways, I don't really know much about ducks, so I have a few questions. We give him some chicken food, it may or may not be chicken starter, from time to time but that is only once a week or once every two weeks, we just feed him a little when he comes by the dock; its not his regular food. Is this ok for him? Rob, the neighbor, had bought some duck food but Mr. Waddles was gone when Rob came back from the store, so Rob offered to give it to the farm owners if Mr. Waddles stayed at the farm.
How much/ often should we feed him the duck food? They don't have a cage for him to be in, I don't think they need one because there are no predators in the pond, its just him out there. He seems to be fine alone, he just waddles around and eats and swims.
We also have summer camp at the farm, the kids LOVE this duck. There is a dock on one side of the pond, we sit there and watch him..
Also, are there any tricks or things I could teach him, like not to "nip" at people when they are standing and he comes over? He tends to do that.
So to recap:
1) Is it ok to feed him chicken food for now every once and a while?
2)How often/how much duck food should I feed him?
3)What kind of tricks can I teach him?
4)How can I teach him not to nip at people?
5)This may sound weird, but would it be possible to 'bond' with him, like you would a dog?