Originally Posted by SouthsideDucks
They are only 11 weeks old and they are still going through their voices changing so I can't be 100% sure. But we think it is a male and female. Two of our Pekins are loud and sound similar, one is quiet and only makes a grunt noise. I guess we'll find out for sure when they get their drake feathers. What makes you think it might be a dominance thing? I viewed it as playful and sweet. I was thinking more like a sexual mating ritual or something...? Do they sound like males to you guys? Any more thoughts? They have only interacted this way with each other not with the 5 other ducks. If it is a dominance thing what other signs can I expect to see?
I guess really only time will tell
Ducks are like chickens, they have to establish a "pecking order". If you look closely, they are nipping at one another. They don't have hands or horns, so they use their necks to try and get a grip of the other one, who will try to dodge that to get a grip himself; look a little closer and you will see the one on the right is trying to unbalance the one on the left. Because they are 11 weeks old, it will look endearing, but when their hormones kick in the behaviour will become more determined and they will try to pull each others feathers out. A bit like it looks cute when two toddlers try to snatch toys from one another, but a whole different story when those two toddlers become hormonal teens
When a male is courting a female, its more a head bobbing style of communication (until he gets the green light, then he'll approach her from behind, grab the back of her neck, climb on to her back and begin treading her).
Now, I do hope I'm mistaken and its a pair being friendly; its just not how it looks to me from my experience.