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They may very well have been ducks living in the wild, @Speedbird, but they have domestic genes in them which makes them look different than true wild ducks. One escaped domestic duck can mate with a wild duck and the offspring would be considered domestic ducks, and their offspring's offspring would still have domestic genes and still be referred to as domestic ducks. What I'm getting at is, it's totally possible to have domestic ducks that are wild. It's the genes that make them domestic, not their place of residence. At least that's how I understand it, someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

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12 hours ago, Speedbird said:

They were wild ducks that happened to find a restaurant patio near a pond and river. I asked the manager and they were just looking for easy pickings. The restaurant  would rather they go someplace else.

Properly marketed, they can be a draw.  Fishy Fishy in Southport NC had a ramp from water level to the edge of the deck, probably originally for customers arriving by boat.  Mallards would waddle up to a low pan of duck chow, pig out, and waddle down to the water again, quietly quacking, to the amusement of diners. 

Obviously they have to be kept well awy from food storage, preparation, staff, etc. 

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