Duck Shaking and Lunging at me

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by megamilez, Jul 11, 2019 at 9:18 PM.

  1. megamilez

    megamilez Chirping

    Apr 29, 2019
    Hey guys,

    So I read the other thread from several years back about this topic and there was a very mixed consensus as to the meaning of this action. I went out today to refresh the ducks pool water and give them some food. However, I noticed when I tried to hand feed them some lettuce I had brought with me, one of them vibrated its head for a few moments then lunged at me. I noticed it wasn't acting right (as this was the first time it has done this) and avoided it. It completely ignored the lettuce.

    There was, however, a new variable that might have played a factor. My little niece (and other family) are in town and she wanted to see the ducks. So, when I think of it, I'm the only person who ever goes into the run. It seemed that my duck was mad at me for bringing someone else into it. The other one was acting totally normal the entire time.

    What do you guys think? I had her leave and the duck continued to act like this for a while but seemed to calm down a bit after about 10 minutes and began to eat the lettuce.

    Thoughts? It totally caught me off guard and kinda made me jump the first time lol.
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  2. Helloworld

    Helloworld Songster

    Jul 17, 2018
    Down on the Suwannee River
    Yep, intruder. Mine do it too. Give him time. OR, since it is breeding season he acting silly.
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    A Drake? He was being territorial..
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Songster

    Jul 19, 2016
    They shake there head rapidly when there pissed off.More common in males,He is just being protective of his ladies.
  5. katiebrock

    katiebrock Songster

    Apr 7, 2019
    Milledgeville, Georgia
    I think they do it when they are excited sometimes too. All of mine do it to my dog and then they end up playing together, and all of mine do it when I hand feed them and obviously they love to eat!
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  6. ShannonR

    ShannonR Songster

    Sep 17, 2015
    My guess is if It's a male he's just being an azz.... if female maybe protecting a nest or something. Either way, if it were my duck, it would be getting a dinner invitation if this behavior continues. That is, assuming it is NOT a female on a nest. You don't want your little neice getting hurt.
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  7. DuckyBabies

    DuckyBabies Songster

    Oct 15, 2018
    My drake vibrates his head when he is happy and excited. Every time we come out with a snack for him, he does it. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him mad before. So really I guess your duck could either be angry or just really excited.
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  8. ThatOneFarmGirl786

    ThatOneFarmGirl786 Chirping

    Jul 2, 2019
    I read on google that they do it when they're mad or excited. Both my female and Drake do it. They start vibrating then run up my arm with their neck. Sometimes my Drake just vibrates. Right now, he's on my lap and he's just vibrating his head. :confused:
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  9. Nathalie

    Nathalie Chirping

    Jul 8, 2019
    Belgium - Europe
    My drake does that all the time (Muscovy), either to show his excitement (treat time or when we arrive home again) or when he's moody and protective of his females. He even went in full attack mode about 3 months ago (one of the females was sitting on a nest), leaving me all bruised up on my arms and legs, right up to my hips (his heavy wings doing most of the damage). He continued that behavior for about a week, and I came very close to make him my dinner, until he got to meet the pressurized water hose from close by. It was the last resort, but a very effective one. He didn't like that for one bit, and is since then much calmer. He'll still be an azz from time to time, ya know, typical hormonal drake behavior, but when he's taking it too far I now just have to POINT my finger to the hose and he stops mid track. :lol: Sometimes you need to show the drakes who's REALLY the top-dog, so to speak. :rolleyes:
  10. Bridger Davis

    Bridger Davis Songster

    Jul 25, 2017
    Evans Colorado
    Oh wow lol mine do this too, and it's actually usually just the hens that do it. I think it's adorable, and even if it means they're aggressive or whatever, I just give them cuddles bc it feels like they are trying to hug :lau
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