Dominant Duck??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mamaof2wi, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there normally a dominant duck? Our ducks are going on only 3 weeks old and are biggest duck of the bunch (Appleyard) seems to be bringing some attitude already. He pecks at the other ducks and also does not like it if they are not all together, if we are holding one he will sit and chirp until we put it down and it is by his/her side.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Ducks just like chickens have a pecking order/social order.
     
  3. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It starts this early? Does this show he/she will be an aggressive duck?
     
  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It shows that he/she will be protective, not necessarily aggressive.
    Is it aggression if you're picking up birds from the flock? Maybe?
    Is it aggression when you walk up to them and he/she fluffs up and hisses and bites? Yes.
     
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Not necessarily - someone has to be boss. That's how poultry society works.
     
  6. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She/he just pecks at the other ones. Pecks/nibbles at there beaks a lot.
     
  7. boosterpacksmom

    boosterpacksmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I had one like that. Swore it was a boy due to its dominant behavior. Turns out Pete is just a really bossy girl. She even picks on my male duck who is significantly larger than her sometimes.
     
  8. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh that is funny! I kind of thought maybe this one was a boy cause it is the biggest of the bunch also.
     
  9. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My biggest girl is DEFINATELY the boss at 4 weeks old and always has been. She is also super protective. When the smallest duck got it's foot stuck in the fencing of the enclosure, she started pacing and yelling until I came to the rescue.
     
  10. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh that is cool she let you guys know
     

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