male mallard duck might be sick

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Viviana10, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. Viviana10

    Viviana10 New Egg

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    my mallard duck is making a weird noise He cranes his neck and makes a funny sounding quack and then makes a sound as though he's burping
    I've had him for a year and a month im scare i haven't seen that before so can any body help me please.He eats and still swims and hes poopying ok but just seems a bit gloomy somebody please help
     
  2. tdd2

    tdd2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 9 month old Pekin male does that - and has for months.

    I figured something must be wrong, so I researched it (Google'd 'duck behavior') and found a source on duck behavior (can't find the site at the moment - but it was a University study on ducks) that described exactly what I was seeing - a sort of standing/body stretching straight up with his head pulled into his neck/chest - accompanied by some very odd squeal/honk/raspy sound.

    The site said it was part of a male's mating display. If I can find it again, I'll post it here.

    He acts completely normal, aside from these occasional outbursts!

    Hope that helps ;)

    Cheers'

    Dan
     
  3. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Totally normal. [​IMG] Freaked me out when my first male started doing it too, lol.
     
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  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, totally normal breeding display for a male. No worries! :)
     
  5. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my boy pekins started doing it when he was a few months old. The best way I could describe it was a hiccup and his neck would shoot up. Never figured out what it was but he was nice and healthy. Now I know!
     
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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Bean has done that a few times. Quazy Drake!
     

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