Duck purring/vibrating

kimsducks

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Aug 9, 2016
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Hi there, I am a new duck owner, I have a blue swedish and a cayuga, 2 weeks old both are not sexed.

I have been working with them daily and taming them, hand feeding, etc.

Today I began teaching them to "come" when called. After this I was sitting and my blue- Quinn, decided to snuggle up in my lap voluntarily and rest her chest against my hand. Later my cayuga- Barnaby decided to join. When Barnaby left, Quinn stayed in my lap (I was not holding Quinn in any way that would require her/him to stay) but Quinn's beak/head began vibrating here and there.

I looked into this in other forums- but most responses are suggesting this is a territorial/mating behavior which in these circumstances I would not assume true. Any one have any suggestions or experience with this behavior?

Here is a photo of how they were snuggling before Barnaby left and this happened.
 

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Hi there, I am a new duck owner, I have a blue swedish and a cayuga, 2 weeks old both are not sexed.

I have been working with them daily and taming them, hand feeding, etc.

Today I began teaching them to "come" when called. After this I was sitting and my blue- Quinn, decided to snuggle up in my lap voluntarily and rest her chest against my hand. Later my cayuga- Barnaby decided to join. When Barnaby left, Quinn stayed in my lap (I was not holding Quinn in any way that would require her/him to stay) but Quinn's beak/head began vibrating here and there.

I looked into this in other forums- but most responses are suggesting this is a territorial/mating behavior which in these circumstances I would not assume true. Any one have any suggestions or experience with this behavior?

Here is a photo of how they were snuggling before Barnaby left and this happened.
At 2 weeks old I don't think it would have any thing to do with dominance or mating more like a feeling of contentment.

Welcome to BYC @kimsducks
 

bydhatch

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Jul 23, 2016
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Awww! That's so sweet.
What are you doing to help encourage this behavior?
I would LOVE my now 4 day olds to do this eventually!
 

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