Charging duckling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Halion, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Halion

    Halion Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a duckling that is almost 5 weeks old. Last week I put her in a cage with two 1 month old Indian Runners. She stared them down then proceeded to actually charge the two runner ducklings over and over.

    What's up with this behavior?
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011
  2. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    My older ducks did that towards newer ducks (charge and peck) when I introduced new ducklings to the mix. Have also had one of the younger ducks charging the older ducks at the same time. The younger duck continues the behavior after several weeks. The older ducks seem to have adjusted.
     
  3. suburbanite

    suburbanite Out Of The Brooder

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    your charging duck is just letting the others know who is boss
     
  4. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    A younger duckling to older ducklings though? It was my runners cause we put them together to see if they would get along and he would straight on charge them non stop. My runners are actually a little over 2 months old. There is a video but i am having trouble getting it to work.
     
  5. kimberly35042

    kimberly35042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a tiny call duck that charges my huge American Geese. Poor blue guy goes running and screaming away. Silly goose. They were all hatched this year so several months old. I'm guessing this will change by breeding season next year. Hope they forget how evil the little duck is by then...
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:That is funny it makes me think of my big gander who is terrified of my bantam rooster. when the roo comes around the gander takes off running with his wings flung out. [​IMG]
     
  7. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Both of my younger Khakis are now harassing the drakes....seems an odd dynamic to me. However, the drakes are now starting to (tentatively) try to mate with the khakis, so maybe that is related. Not sure, but it's odd to watch. They are just as aggressive in biting and holding on as drakes. Seems to be more of a power struggle....but hens to drakes (there is an outside chance that one of the Khakis is a drake).
     

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