Duckling isn't quacking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hendrix25, May 4, 2009.

  1. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night when I was holding all three of my babies, Racer (boy I think) keep going through the motion of quacking, but nothing was coming out. Is that normal? I honestly don't know whether or not he has actually made a noise. He would open and close his mouth as though he was quacking, and he had his head extended while he was doing this.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Drake's don't actually quak for awhile (not sure when?) girls quak way before the boys.He'll just squeak.Just my experience
     
  3. barnwife

    barnwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe he has no voice?

    In my experience, the boys have a hoarsew whispery voice, the females have a completely obnoxiously loud I-cant-think-when-I'm-cleaning-their-pen type of quack.

    They develop their voices at approximatrely the same age range (8-12 weeks ish)...but I always hold out that the quiet ones will get loud quickly...although it has not yet happened lol.
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator~~~ BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    He may have been just yawning. I love how they do that.
     
  5. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    What breed is he? Not all ducks quack.
     
  6. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

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    A DUCKLING will not "quack", until 4-10 weeks old, and even then if it QUACKS it's a girl, Drakes will peep until they get their voices, and then it's just a whispery very quiet quack.
     
  7. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds to me like he is doing what my chickens do when they need a drink and their crop. I read somewhere that they do that "motion" trying to move their crop along...or something like that. To me, that always meant they needed to drink more.

    I used to call it silent crowing. But now I know that is not what it is.

    just a thought.
     
  8. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That was kinda what I was thinking...just thirsty.

    When I said he doesn't quack, basically I meant he doesn't make noises. His, "sister" is rather loud on the other hand. I guess I was comparing him to her when it comes to noises. I'm not complaining that he's mellow, just making sure he's okay.

    He is a Black Cayuga and he's 4 weeks old.
     

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