Discussion in 'Ducks' started by acriswell4, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. acriswell4

    acriswell4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2016
    My 2 month old female mallard is biting my daughter, she use to love her and cuddle all the time but now she bites her and let's out a little quack when she gets close. Why did she change
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Ducklings can go through a phase where almost overnight they become terrified of people. Actually, of anything taller than they are. They also become frightened when they feel cornered or surprised.

    This happened to my Runners. It was heartbreaking. And we got through it. BYC folks really helped me out with this. Spoiler alert: I have a very friendly, relaxed flock.

    Advice I received - avoid cornering them. Avoid looming over them (I actually would approach the brooder, which was on the floor, on my hands and knees). Avoid surprising them - start singing or talking to them before you round that last corner and come into sight. Give them treats and sit as near as they are comfortable with, and just talk to them. You will need to toss the treats a little bit because they won't take them from your hand. Be extremely patient.

    This process took weeks and weeks. But we came through it, and I even have a few ducks who like to hug, and most will calmly stand on my feet, or lean against me especially when I have treats for them. Some will cuddle up next to me if I take a nap in the pen. Yes, I keep it pretty clean, and I do put down an old towel for myself!
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  3. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2015
    What Amiga said. We've brooded two batches, and both have gone from sweet, fuzzy, trusting blobs to freaking out, terrified of people, weirdos, and are now quite laid back, relaxed adults. We can pick up and pet pretty much all of them. Give her time and patience!
  4. acriswell4

    acriswell4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2016
    She doesn't attack anyone except my little girl. It's so weird she will crawl in her lap follow her everywhere but then attacks her when she pets her.
  5. Ducks are livestock...The Duck is telling her to mind her space and treating her like part of the flock..Ever see ducks pet each other?? PROBABLY
    Just the Duck asking for more space...


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