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Beak Clicking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by linen53, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. linen53

    linen53 In the Brooder

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    I have a total of 17 Muscovy ducks. I got 5 from a place that was very abusive and was able to rehabilitate them and integrate them into my flock. I noticed after they had been with us for 5 or 6 days (in the isolation yard) they would raise their heads and click their beaks. I thought this was strange. They seemed peaceful, showed no signs of distress, discomfort or pain and all in unison would raise their heads and click their beaks at the same time. Then I got another 3 from another abusive farm. It took longer to rehabilitate them. But after about 8 or 9 days they would do the same thing in unison.

    I finally did some research and found out that they do this when they feel comfort and are happy!! Squeak does it each evening religiously after they all have been put into the duck yard for the night and they are all full. Sometimes 1 or 2 of her original broodmates (she was one of the 5 adoptees) will join in and raise their heads and click their beaks with her. I can see she is peaceful when she does this.

    I thought I'd post this because I could find no thread here about this subject.
     

  2. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Songster

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    Nice to get a contented click from ducks that were once abused and now are happy and content! Congratulations!
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011
  3. HottentotTeal

    HottentotTeal Songster

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    Quote:my 2 ducks do this every time i am walking to their aviary to feed them or take out their food bowl.
     
  4. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Songster

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    Post a video of that, it sounds adorable!!! Kudos to you for taking on those ducks. Such a wonderful thing to do.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

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  6. HottentotTeal

    HottentotTeal Songster

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    Quote:Not sure if you were talking to linen53 or me, but i took a few videos this morning of my ducks when i went to take out a bowl of food and was able to capture them doing it.

    I actually just walked out without the food the first time and they wouldn't do it, so i had to go back in and get their bowl and they finally did it a few times.

    You need the DivX codec to play them in Windows Media Player or you can use VLC Player (my personal recommendation) from videolan.org, because VLC has basically all common codecs and you don't have to download and install a codec packs like you have to do with other players like the Windows Media Player.

    Video 2

    Video 1
     
  7. linen53

    linen53 In the Brooder

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    It took awhile but here is Squeak with her beak clicking after her evening meal. Sorry the video is slow to load. It's worth the wait though.

    http://videobam.com/WMaZl
     

  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Quote:My muscovies do that, I really thought it was just a muscovy thing, but guess not since Hotentot has ducks that do it.
     
  9. linen53

    linen53 In the Brooder

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    With some birds beak clicking is a sign of aggression. Additionally, with other birds it is an indication of respiratory illness because the bird is having trouble breathing which is not the case with my Muscovy Ducks. They are definitely happy when they beak click.
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Aww!

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    Thanks for letting us in on that!
     

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