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I have 3 ducks, a drake and two females. One of my female ducks does this weird little.. I'm not sure what to call it. I've seen both the females do it though. 

 

She'll curve her neck to the side (usually to the right) so her bill is kinda pointed out towards her tail end.  Then she'll sort of sidle to the side, and make this weird little continuous crackle quacking noise at the same time. It only lasts for a few moments before she stops. I'm not sure how to explain it. She often does it when the drake is near her. Both females do this, but it's mostly the one. Is this some sort of courtship, or maybe submission? Or maybe some other behavior? I'm stumped. I've searched everywhere, but I can't find anything about it.

 

Has anyone else possibly seen this behavior before? Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to shed a little light on this :)

 

 


Edited by MooseGoose - 4/29/12 at 10:11pm
post #2 of 14

I know exactly what you mean.

 

Only my 'high ranking' females do it. They do it when they are re-united with a duck that wandered off from the group, or when a duck (ffemale) from another group gets a bit close. I kind of see it as reinforcing the group. So, it coudl stand for any of the following: 'we are a group....this is our group......good to have you back in it but for pity's sake don't wander off again.....hey, you, you are not in our group, go away'.

 

That's the way I've tried to make sense of it anyway! Not an obvious one to use humans.

 

I'm keen to read others' thoughts on this one smile.png

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post #3 of 14

I've always thought it was kind of the duck equivalent of "You best back up off MY man".

My top females do it, and I think it is their way of saying they are first wife, and they are protecting their turf.

Pretty silly.

When breeding season hit my chocolate Ancona duck started to do it to me every time I walked out to see them.

I kept explaining I was not interested in her boyfriend, but she never believed me.

I have 2 wonderful sons, 3 ducks (2 Anconas & 1 Buff), 4 laying hens, a Holland Lop bunny, and a big scaredy cat.  I am a Chef, Baker, Bluegrass "Musician" (I know, you can't do both) and artisan. 

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I have 2 wonderful sons, 3 ducks (2 Anconas & 1 Buff), 4 laying hens, a Holland Lop bunny, and a big scaredy cat.  I am a Chef, Baker, Bluegrass "Musician" (I know, you can't do both) and artisan. 

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post #4 of 14

It"s called "inciting" behaviour. A hen does it to attempt to provoke the drake to attack an intruder.

 

Clint

post #5 of 14

She is saying, "My man, my man, my man -----".

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post #6 of 14
All makes sense! :-)

So do ducks in all female flocks not exhibit this behaviour?
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Now that  am without a drake, they still do it, but the enthusiasm is really not there.

It has become very half hearted, more habit than anything else.

I have 2 wonderful sons, 3 ducks (2 Anconas & 1 Buff), 4 laying hens, a Holland Lop bunny, and a big scaredy cat.  I am a Chef, Baker, Bluegrass "Musician" (I know, you can't do both) and artisan. 

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I have 2 wonderful sons, 3 ducks (2 Anconas & 1 Buff), 4 laying hens, a Holland Lop bunny, and a big scaredy cat.  I am a Chef, Baker, Bluegrass "Musician" (I know, you can't do both) and artisan. 

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Now that  am without a drake, they still do it, but the enthusiasm is really not there.
It has become very half hearted, more habit than anything else.

I had to have a chuckle at that. smile.png
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post #9 of 14

I always thought it was kind of like a flirting gesture. The reason I say this is because my duck would do this  every time I had treats and if I did the head thing back  to her she would start laying flat out for me like she wanted me to mate  ( I would just pet her lol).  I like to think of it as her way of saying she loves you :)

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I kept explaining I was not interested in her boyfriend, but she never believed me.
What a jealous little quack she must be!!!! LOL
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