Moody Duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by thedoors5to1, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. thedoors5to1

    thedoors5to1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so i've got five ducks, and originally i had thought of having one boy four girls like i had in the past, (big pimpin' Piper) but now, natures taken its course and i have 2 males Piper & Elvis and 3 females Lacy, Eve, and Cricket... but it may have created a problem i think. i always thought ducks were sapposed to have 1-5 mates per male... but it doesnt seem that way. Piper has taken to cricket, and they have mated alot in thier pool. Elvis and Lacy one day started getting it on, without water. was a wierd sight. but it seems Eve hasnt had her chance, and i wonder if its why she's moody. She makes alot of annoying loud duck noises and chases me around when i get near them, as if she was trying to herd the herder... she puts her neck down, opens her bill and chases me like the typical duck/goose chasing... its quite annoying and i wonder if shes trying to get a mate, or trying to control me, or if shes trying to tell me she hates me or something....any ideas anyone?[​IMG]
     
  2. Duck_feeder

    Duck_feeder Drowning in feathers!

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    If she sees you as a member of the flock, she might just be trying to establish a higher position in the pecking order than you. One of the ducks I've been taking care of was trying to do that to me so I held her, put my hand on her back and grabbed some of the feathers on the back of her neck (similar to how they exert dominance over each other) to show that I was in charge. After doing that couple times she calmed down a lot and stopped biting me and quacking so much.
     
  3. thedoors5to1

    thedoors5to1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks duckfeeder thats very interesting, as im sure they think im part of the flock.. but i wasnt sure if it was dominance, or her looking for love in the wroooong place. i have done what you described except for the tugging of feathers, i will def have to try that. I've chased her before, picked her up and held her neck, and then for the day or a while she'd leave me alone. but then it would start up again.
    if this duck is displaying this message to me, is it because she's the lowest of the pecking order and wants to be in my place? i thought she was mad at me for getting no love from the boys..! she hasnt always done this. but i guess what your saying makes alot of sense.
     

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