Ducks will not stop quacking... Please help!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by StevieKnee, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. StevieKnee

    StevieKnee In the Brooder

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    Hi guys,

    I haven't posted anything in a while but always looking for help and info. Ive have 2 red sex link hens for a year and a half and there great. 9 weeks ago I picked up 2 cherry valley ducklings both at 6 weeks old. They are wonderful little ducks but I have noticed this past week, every hour one of my girls starts quacking for around 20 minutes none stop. There coop and run is always clean, there pond get fresh water every week, food and water always clean and topped up, but still I cannot get her to be quiet. Is there anything I should be looking out for or anything that she could be trying to tell me? Im worried my elderly neighbours will start to get annoyed with them as they are home all day.
    If anyone can give some assistance that would be great!?

    Also the breeder is picked them up from told me they should start laying eggs at around 12 weeks old but I haven't had anything as of yet, does anyone know when I could be looking at getting an egg or could this be a cause for the noise?

    Thankyou in advanced!!
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    They sure are cuties, and as for quacking well that's what ducks do, when they start and don't stop could there be something in your yard maybe a cat or squirrel etc? Something that has upset them, do they stoop when you go out to check on them> if so maybe they want your company. As for laying I'm not familiar with this breed but 12 weeks is a might early for laying it's usually closer to 5 months. for most breeds of ducks. and as for neighbors maybe when they do start to lay offer them some fresh eggs to keep them from complaining.
     
  3. StevieKnee

    StevieKnee In the Brooder

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    We do get a lot of wildlife, my garden backs out onto a field so maybe it could be 'distractions'. I've been keeping a close eye and it seems when one goes into the pond but not every time. I've cleaned there pond out but nothing in there. She does seem to go quiet when you walk over to her, when I can I leave them free range in our garden which keeps them quiet (just the usual chit chatting they do together) but always have to keep watch for mr foxy and my chickens haven't taken to the ducks too well, they pick on them a little when they get too close. But maybe it's just she's a noisy one that likes attention :) my neighbours are good as gold and always chuck them fresh veg from there crop and we give them regular hens eggs so hopefully they will be ok with it. Especially when the duck eggs start arriving at the door :)
    Thanks for your help!!
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    That maybe it then, ducks being prey animals have no idea what's friend or foe when something shows up in the back garden but I'd never let them free range unattended if you don't have fencing to keep out predators. Ponds do make them happy so maybe she is letting everyone know how happy she is to be in the water. [​IMG]

    Oh forgot to say i have Muscovy's which are very quiet, but I also have chickens and geese but i will say my chickens lead the pack when it comes to noise I have an EE right now her name is Mary Anna [after a sweet lady] and she is outside right now belting it out. Always has done this, she is 2 yrs old. Makes me thankful we don't have neighbors.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2014
  5. StevieKnee

    StevieKnee In the Brooder

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    Bless her, if that's the case she a a very happy girl haha
    Thanks again :)
     
  6. Mashallaharabia

    Mashallaharabia Chirping

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    Another reason to love Muscovies! They chirp a little. The Pekin drake we had quacked loudly all the time,never shut up; we got tired of the constant noise and got rid of him. Muscovies' voices are much more pleasant.
     

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