Grooming ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CocoNUT, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. CocoNUT

    CocoNUT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK....So I have a silly question. Do "momma" ducks require grooming from her "babies?" I have a mixed flock of 3 muscovies and "momma" is a Blue Swedish. Loretta - the BS is the "oldest" and the momma bird to the others. she's also QUITE the noise-maker!!! Anywhoo...when her babies go flying around the yard...she frets....when they're roosting on the fence posts of their pen...she frets....if they're not two feet away from her...she frets! Now...i noticed the last couple of days that she does this little singing/dancing thing in front of her 'babies' until they start to groom her! Then she almost seems to assume a submissive position. I'm thinking this is some kind of bonding or grooming behavior...but I'm not as familiar with duck behaviors...so I'm wondering what exactly is all this about? She's about a year old and laying regularly. The 3 muscovies are about 6 months old and are two drakes and one hen (not laying).

    Can anyone shed some light on this behavior for me please? I'm not worried...it's not aggressive...just interesting.

    thanks....
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    The boys are becoming sexually mature so maybe she is wanting more than attention. and please don't be alarmed it only natural..
     

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