Duck shakes with excitement....? (Vibrating ducks)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wokawidget, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    When playing with my 2 ducks they sometimes start shaking. The shaking starts in their beak, then head, then neck and then moves down into their body.
    During this time they try and nibble my fingers and get even more playful.
    Then without warning they lunge forward nibbling up my arm, or over my shoulder, still shaking followed by a wagging of the tail and the shaking stops...for about 10 seconds...then it starts again.
    If you stroke their head it can induce this shaking...sometimes it can go on for 30 minutes or more.

    Does anyone elses ducks do this shakey neck duck beak thing?
    Is it them playing? They seem very happy when doing it.


    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  2. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Mine do it! It is almost more like a vibration, am I right? I think it is like a duckie purr. I think it's cute!
  3. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    Yea. Vibrating ducks...that's exactly it.
    Why do they shoot up my arm very quickly?
    It's very funny to watch.

    I take it they are happy then.
    Silly beasts.

    Do they do it to each other?
    My Campbell keeps shaking when I stroke her near the runner...but then she shakey neck duck beaks my 8 week runner instead of me...the runner doesn't understand why she's being targetted [​IMG]
    The runner does it to me all the time...but I haven't seen her shakey neck duck beak the Campbell yet.

  4. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Songster

    Duckie purrr ---- Perfect description.... mine do it toooo.. lol
  5. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    LOL, I don't know. I think they are just really, really happy and have to do something with it. Your poor Runner, she must be like "hey, what did I do to deserve that!?" [​IMG]
  6. Kschwartz

    Kschwartz Chirping

    Jun 15, 2011
    Sorry to bump this thread back up again (because it is very old) but I had the same question!

    Is this normal? Because my ducks do this too! At first I was scared and thought something might be wrong but now I'm not sure.

    Again, sorry for bringing up an old topic, but thanks to anyone who can answer this question!
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Nothing wrong with happy ducks....they are expressing being happy, affectionate and doing it the way ducks share their excited happiness.
  8. galgo98

    galgo98 Songster

    May 9, 2011
    Lebanon, Pennsylvania
    Do both your males and females do this? Both of my drakes do this, but I haven't seen my girls do it. I thought it was just another "boy thing"... My niece who is 4 months old (I remember her bday because it was 10 days before my ducks hday [​IMG]) started to shake and lunged when she saw her bottle the other day. I told my sister that my ducks do that too when I have treats!! I don't think she liked me comparing her daughter to my ducks... [​IMG]
  9. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    I think this is an indication that they aren't happy. Mine do it when another duck is trying to get in the pool, when I'm trying to catch them and when I'm holding them sometimes they'll shake like that.
    Not sure it means they're happy-I think it means they're mad. [​IMG]
    MizAmberLea and Dr. Todd like this.
  10. Call Queen

    Call Queen In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2010
    It's like a ... I'm so comfortable with you, and I wanna do something... but what LOL [​IMG]

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