Duckling bobbing head up and down. Acting like a duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bantiehen, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just making sure that nothing is wrong with my little Mallard duckling.. It keeps bobbing its head up and down... other than it its eating and drinking just fine..
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    How old is the duckling?
     
  3. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a week old
     
  4. Amiga

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    An only duckling? I know when my adults start head-bobbing, they are looking for some affection. I am trying to remember if they bobbed so young.

    Does she or he do that right after taking a bite of food? There is a kind of head bob that is them trying to work too large a mouthful down into their tummy.
     
  5. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are three others in there with it... Another Mallard and two runners... My husband says it took some feed and then did the bobbing. I think it was trying to get to much
     
  6. Amiga

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    If the feed is small enough and there is clean water easily available, there should not be a problem. Once I read on the forum about a duck that ate such a big piece of something that it injured its throat, which got infected. Hooboy! That is not common, so don't get too worried. My ducklings would occasionally toss quite a bit of dry food down their throats and then not get over to the waterer right away and I could see the food stuck in the top of their necks. . . I'd say, "Wasser! Trinken!" because for some inexplicable reason I use German phrases with them. . . anyway, sounds like you've got a hungry ducky.

    Do they have food 24/7? That is advisable their first couple of months. Otherwise they may overeat.
     
  7. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes small feed and water right there... :)
     
  8. Amiga

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    Well, then, someone just has an appetite bigger than her gullet!
     
  9. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol her eyes were a lot BIGGER lol thank you :) :) she seems to be doing fine right now... :)
     

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