Duckling imprinting behaviour


In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 15, 2012
Just wondering if my female ducks (hand reared) are showing submissive behaviour or imprinting behaviour towards me?

When I go outside they come over to me - 2 will immediately lower their head and necks and slightly spread their wings and then I pet them for a wile. The 3rd will always be over first and chatter away like mad for a while with a lot of head bobbing before assuming the stance. She took a lot longer to want fuss than the other 2 and is more wary despite being hand reared and lots of cuddles as a duckling!

I'm just interested really in duck behaviour as I don't have a lot of experience and can't find much on this subject- love the fact that they are all so tame.


7 Years
Wow I wish my ducks were that tame!!! I don't know what they are doing. Ducklings imprint on the first living thing they see. have they done this before? How old were they when you got them? I love animal behavior stuff! Want to be a behaviorist (for animals) when I grow up, so this is very interesting!


Overrun with Runners
12 Years
Jan 3, 2010
Southern New England
they want to have your babies

Ah, yes, that is one way to put it. . . .

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