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Duckling Behavior?

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Hello!
My husband and I are new to having ducks, but we have experience with chickens.
Our ducks are housed with our chickens in a big galvanized container in a spare bedroom since it has been rather cold here at night time.  My husband and I go in quite frequently to interact and play with our ducklings and chicks.

My question is, sometimes when I hold my ducklings they go and bury their heads under my arms and fall asleep.  Is this because they are content, or cold?  I do not want to make them uncomfortable.  They do interact with us by looking at us, and climbing on us.  They even love to go play in my hair.  Haha!
Also, sometimes, I hear the ducks making a faint "popping" noise.  It is very similar to the noise of contentment that sugar gliders make.  Does this noise mean anything?

Thanks!
Julie


Edited by Jujubeans2008 - 3/21/16 at 8:19pm
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So, I researched the popping noise that is coming from my ducklings.  Google had some results of ducks that had pneumonia.  However, my ducklings are running around and eating and drinking like crazy.  There doesn't seem to be anything wrong.  Today, is my third day having them.  My first day, we did have a duckling casualty, so I'm afraid that this could possibly be connected.  Should I be alarmed?  Or am I just a worried first time mother duck?

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So, I researched the popping noise that is coming from my ducklings.  Google had some results of ducks that had pneumonia.  However, my ducklings are running around and eating and drinking like crazy.  There doesn't seem to be anything wrong.  Today, is my third day having them.  My first day, we did have a duckling casualty, so I'm afraid that this could possibly be connected.  Should I be alarmed?  Or am I just a worried first time mother duck?

@Jujubeans2008   Welcome to BYC.. Do your ducklings have a waterer they can wash their faces in? It can be tricky giving the ducklings something like this when you have chicks in with them because of risk to the chicks drowning but the ducklings need to be able to wash their bills out every time they eat or they can get their nares clogged up. This maybe what your hearing. If they are other wise acting normal. The putting their heads under your arm is very typical. When i had my duckling inside I kept a towel over my shoulder and he would climb under it just like getting under Mum. It would hang down so he would get in the crook of my arm. :love  here is duckling info and good pic of an inexpensive water container for ducklings maybe consider 2 brooders.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711


Edited by Miss Lydia - 3/22/16 at 7:52am

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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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Thank you!

They have a waterer that they are currently able to stick their whole bill in.  However, I know that won't let for long and have prepared another container for them to be able to use when that time comes. :)

Thank you for your response!  I'm glad to hear that I might just be overly worried.

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Thank you!

They have a waterer that they are currently able to stick their whole bill in.  However, I know that won't let for long and have prepared another container for them to be able to use when that time comes. :)

Thank you for your response!  I'm glad to hear that I might just be overly worried.

Believe me we all are that way. 

 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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