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Duck Behaviour/Displays

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckking, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 17 week old Rouen - jury is still out on male/female.....is doing something new. The 3 mallards, whom we have established as hens, do not seem to be doing this.

    When I enter the run through the gate, Soap, the Rouen, will come up to me with his head sort of bowed down, not stretched out, grunting. It is not an aggressive or antagonistic rush like the ducks will do to the chickens if they cross the line of what the ducks consider good behaviour. It is a very deliberate, slow walk up to me. If I crouch down, Soap will come right up to me and almost press his/her forehead against mine, all the while making this grunting noise. After, if I stand up or sit down, he just does his regular shnerbaling at me with his bill along with the 3 girls, pulling at laces, sticking heads in pockets and up sleeves, if I am sitting.

    I've noticed this behaviour in Soap for about 2 weeks now and it is consistent. Soap does not seem to do that to my son, who is Mom to them.

    Any ideas?

    **EDITED** To say it is NOT head bobbing. His/her head remains still.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010
  2. aussiedude248

    aussiedude248 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard it's a welcoming behavior.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My drake Muscovy use to do this, when I would walk into his pen he would wait till I turned around to leave then he would walk real fast behind me, never touching me or making noise. My husband said he wanted to get me in the pool....[​IMG] never did figure that one out.
     
  4. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK...so he/she is just happy to see me? Dang....I thought it might be a Mallard/Rouen mind meld......
     

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