Help! Ducklings biting each other

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by goldfishcracker, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. goldfishcracker

    goldfishcracker Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2017
    Im new here and to duck keeping so sorry if i sound dumb :) so i just got my first ducklings, little runners :D but they keep nibbling each other, especially each others beaks. Is this normal? It doesnt seem like theyre doing it hard and they only do it for a few seconds.

    Also they seem super scared when i pick them up, they squeal and kick their feet (i pick them up very gently) i feel bad because i have to do this every time i clean them out but i dont want them to feel scared.. is it normal for them to be like this? [​IMG]
  2. closipov

    closipov New Egg

    May 1, 2016
    Western Pennsylvania
    My ducklings do the same thing. I don't think they are hurting each other. Also it is normal for them to be afraid of you. I carry my 9 out in the morning and in at night and they do that constantly when being handled. They sound like they are being killed. Just very vocal. My adult ducks did the same thing when they were small.
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  3. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're adorable! :love I agree with @closipov - it sounds like normal duckling behavior (and they'll be poking/pecking at each other when they're adults, too). I have Muscovy ducklings in the brooder right now, and they're constantly nibbling each other and everything else. As long as no one is injured and I don't see any blood, I don't worry much about it. ;) In addition to the ducklings, I have chicks in another brooder, and while some of those chicks will sit happily in my hand, the ducklings don't want to be captured - they squeal loudly and run like I'm a predator, even though they know quite well by now that I'm both Room Service and Housekeeping. I don't take it personally; frankly, I think its healthy for them to retain some of their wild instincts to help them avoid real predators. If you want them to be more human-friendly, you can keep trying to handle them and get them to associate you with something positive - I'd say they're a bit young right now for treats, but I find that even really skittish (older) ducks will eventually come around with enough bribes. Not "jump in your lap" friendly, but they also won't run in the other direction...and in fairness, friendliness varies by individual duck/drake.
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict

    Yes...Normal...:).....Like all babies they put everything in their mouths...Ducklings all play and noodle...:)

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