Duck purring/vibrating

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kimsducks, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. kimsducks

    kimsducks New Egg

    Aug 9, 2016
    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. [​IMG]
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    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
  3. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2015
    New England USA
    I have older ducks. I've witnessed many kinds of head vibration. Since you were holding/cuddling them I think it was probably just I feel so safe and happy and loved!
  4. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2016
    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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