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Ducklings to ducklings?

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We have 2 sets of ducklings that were hatched only 2 days apart, but we have been brooding one set since last Thursday, and 4 arrived today. I kept everyone separated for a half hour or so, then let them in together. The 2 "older" ducks are chasing thenew ones with their mouths slightly open and pecking/bumping them. Nothing too vicious, I don't think, but is it normal? What should I watch for? We had the same scenario last year with 2 sets, but I don't remember this behavior from the older ducks.
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They're establishing dominance i think. Or they're just curious and being bullied either way just watch to make sure they don't get to rough
I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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