Flattened hens...?

newbyduckmom

Songster
8 Years
Jul 18, 2011
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Just let my three ducks (hens) into the run where they have the small kiddie pool. They all three ran to the pool, jumped in, and laid down prone on the surface of the water - there were no drakes in the area? They were lined up bill to tail one after the other in a circle....flat as pancakes. Very odd? Or what? Wish I had had the video camera with me.
Swimming in a circle....
 

mandelyn

Crowing
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Aug 30, 2009
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Perfectly normal loony duck behavior. When you get bored of watching chickens peck the ground, give a clean baby pool to a duck first thing in the morning.
 

desertdarlene

Crowing
9 Years
Aug 4, 2010
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Were you nearby? That's usually a ducky mating invitation. Perhaps they were doing it to each other. They often don't know why they do it, they just do behaviors like that when it feels right.
 

newbyduckmom

Songster
8 Years
Jul 18, 2011
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Snohomish County, WA
I was about 10 feet away. But they hadn't been out in their pool since late yesterday because I was not home yesterday. The pool normally send them into fits of chattering ecstasy! This was just bizarre. Really wish I had it on film. Honestly, looked like synchronized swimming.
 

easttxchick

Lone Star Call Ducks
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Aug 3, 2009
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Quote:I LOVE this explanation!
It's just normal ducky hen behavior, drake or no drake. Don't be surprised if the females start trying to breed each other-normal duck behavior as well.
 

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