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Duckling imprinting behaviour

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by snickers81, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. snickers81

    snickers81 Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  2. LissyB

    LissyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    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!
     
  3. Mike Winters

    Mike Winters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they want to have your babies
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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

    LissyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    I guess
     

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