BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › Misbehaving Ducks All of a Sudden
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Misbehaving Ducks All of a Sudden

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I have two Pekin ducks for almost a year now and everything has gone well.  They were laying eggs until they started molting a couple of months ago and now they have started to just act a little crazy.  I'm thinking they're getting ready to lay again so maybe their hormones are kicking in again or something.  They're not doing anything crazy, just a lot more quacking and they keep getting out of the area I made them. I put up some deer netting for the winter and they've stayed in it all winter until just the last couple of days.  Is it normal for ducks to act a little crazy after molting?  The only big issue is that they show my chickens bad habits.  But mainly I just curious to find out if this typical.  

post #2 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by I dig chicks View Post
 

I have two Pekin ducks for almost a year now and everything has gone well.  They were laying eggs until they started molting a couple of months ago and now they have started to just act a little crazy.  I'm thinking they're getting ready to lay again so maybe their hormones are kicking in again or something.  They're not doing anything crazy, just a lot more quacking and they keep getting out of the area I made them. I put up some deer netting for the winter and they've stayed in it all winter until just the last couple of days.  Is it normal for ducks to act a little crazy after molting?  The only big issue is that they show my chickens bad habits.  But mainly I just curious to find out if this typical.  


When hormones begin to kick in they can act nutty. I understand quacking is one of the things ducks like to do best.  I have Muscovy's so mine don't quack.  as for keeping them in and protected from harm  I would def use something besides netting which any predator could get through and as you have found out your ducks can get out of.

 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..

 

http://www.faithpot.com/you-cover-me/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email...

Reply

 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..

 

http://www.faithpot.com/you-cover-me/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email...

Reply
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miss Lydia View Post
 


When hormones begin to kick in they can act nutty. I understand quacking is one of the things ducks like to do best.  I have Muscovy's so mine don't quack.  as for keeping them in and protected from harm  I would def use something besides netting which any predator could get through and as you have found out your ducks can get out of.

I have a much more secure run for them and the chickens, but I like to give them more room when I'm at work.  

post #4 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by I dig chicks View Post
 

I have a much more secure run for them and the chickens, but I like to give them more room when I'm at work.  

Oh good to hear. I think all females ducks just love to hear themselves talk hopefully if you have neighbors they don't mind. 

 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..

 

http://www.faithpot.com/you-cover-me/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email...

Reply

 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..

 

http://www.faithpot.com/you-cover-me/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email...

Reply
post #5 of 5
I want to know if it's normal for my Peking and mallard to have sex all the time? She lays double the chicken eggs.they were doing it all winter. I put eggs in incubator bc she laid anywhere. But concerned bc I know all fertile and moving except one is suppose to be hatching and I don't see movement. I know hard bc of taking up most of the shell but don't know if it can't or how it could die days before it should hatch. Had 2 chicks which are hens hatch over a week ago. The one I had to help because not able to get out but heard chirping. So it was good. So duck egg is driving me nuts. I have close to 12 fertile moving duck eggs. So anyone looking for buying let me know. Should I open egg or wait? I don't want to have it die if hasn't already bc of the chicken egg experience.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ducks
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › Misbehaving Ducks All of a Sudden