Flattened hens...?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbyduckmom, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Songster

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    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.[​IMG] Swimming in a circle....
  2. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Sychronized swimming, perhaps? They've been just waiting for the chance to show you their routine... [​IMG]
  3. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    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. [​IMG]
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    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.
  5. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Songster

    Jul 18, 2011
    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.
  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    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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