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So we have two girls and I have asked about behaviours before but they are new too us our last Muscuovy was standoffish boy.

So my two girls often follow us into the house they very social they hear company will jump the gate into the house and run down the hall.
When I get home from work they seem so excited my partners been home all day so their not alone but I get home and their makes noises an bobbing heads and shaking their tails. Honking. They will often jump the gate to get to me and that's when the weird behaviour starts
I kneel down to pat and they go crazy they bite my arms and shake their heads grab my fingers and shake their heads. Tailing wagging they peck at my arms and legs and I am not sure what to do. If I push them off they come back and I have to to away. They've actually started leaving cuts and bruises. (See Below) they don't do this to my partner and I thought maybe they're being aggressive but they almost seem playful

Help please
Sarah

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How long have you had these muscovy/how old are they?
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We got them from a farm in October they were chicks had just hatched we brought them home October 4th there almost 5 months old
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Let me see if @Miss Lydia  can help you.  She knows a lot about this kind of duck.

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So we have two girls and I have asked about behaviours before but they are new too us our last Muscuovy was standoffish boy.

So my two girls often follow us into the house they very social they hear company will jump the gate into the house and run down the hall.
When I get home from work they seem so excited my partners been home all day so their not alone but I get home and their makes noises an bobbing heads and shaking their tails. Honking. They will often jump the gate to get to me and that's when the weird behaviour starts
I kneel down to pat and they go crazy they bite my arms and shake their heads grab my fingers and shake their heads. Tailing wagging they peck at my arms and legs and I am not sure what to do. If I push them off they come back and I have to to away. They've actually started leaving cuts and bruises. (See Below) they don't do this to my partner and I thought maybe they're being aggressive but they almost seem playful

Help please
Sarah

@Slagasse I think they look at you as one of them and see your partner as the dominant duck in their life. Why I don't know unless you have mostly been their care giver and so they are more familiar with you. My drake was like this when hormones began and around the same time as your girls are now. Biting jumping on me. I had to get him under control and fast, first of all don't give them the chance to do this to you. When they start flatten them down on the floor on their bellies one at a time of course put one hand at neck and the other close to end of body your treating them like another more dominant duck would treat them to show them they aren't the boss. You not hurting them but your letting them know their behavior isn't going to make it with you. Hold them down till they quit fighting to get up. Think of them as kids who are picking on one of their siblings. They need to learn appropriate behavior . Sometimes ducks who have been raised alone with humans will do this but I can tell you from experience they sure can hurt with their bills I have one female in particular who will grab my skin and pinch and turn when broody. But that is the only time she will do this. Your going to have to show them tough love.


Edited by Miss Lydia - 1/27/16 at 6:44am

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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Great advice thank you for helping her.

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