Muscovy duck thinks she's a chicken?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mamahen2104, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Mamahen2104

    Mamahen2104 In the Brooder

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    So I have a weird situation. I have 8 chickens and 4 ducks. 3 of my ducks, appleyard mix (?), runner, and magpie, act like normal ducks and love hanging out together. But my muscovy, who was raised with my chickens since 4 weeks old, prefers to hang with the chickens. Sometimes she walks around the other ducks when they're in the pool but 90% of the time she's with the chickens. Is this normal? Is she just identifying as a chicken?
     
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

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    It's quite possible that the muscovy imprinted on the chickens if she were raised with them and had no other ducks present.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    She is imprinted on the chickens. The mallard derived ducks speak a different language than she speaks.
     
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  4. Mamahen2104

    Mamahen2104 In the Brooder

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    Oh that makes sense, I didn't even think of her imprinting.

    Oh I didn't even take into consideration they speak different duck languages! Huh the more you know!
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

    My Muscovy do stick together but the seem to also get a their point across to the Runners, Buffs and chickens. I even have one Muscovy female that hangs more with the Runners and Buffs. How long was your Muscovy living with the chickens before you got your ducks? I always think of imprinting as when first hatched. But if she lived with them for quite a while before the other ducks came along she probably just feels comfortable with them. They don’t speak the same language either.
     
  6. Mamahen2104

    Mamahen2104 In the Brooder

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    She's been with them from the age of 4 weeks (August) until about a month or so ago when I introduced other ducks. I started with the runner and they hung out and she acted more like a duck, then we got a magpie and finally a silver appleyard mix and the three latter hang in their own group and the muscovy hangs with the chickens although she definitely checks in on the other ducks every now and then.
     
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    She isn't welcome into the other Ducks flock because she is actually a different species so chooses the chickens she knows.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

    Are they picking on her? I have a Muscovy female who hangs out with the runners more than the Muscovy although she gets along with everyone, we call her Miss congeniality!
     
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  9. Mamahen2104

    Mamahen2104 In the Brooder

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    No one picks on anyone actually. They all live peacefully. Except when it's treat time the ducks tend to get more greedy haha. The muscovy is like the mom friend to everyone and even preens everyone gently, the chickens especially. She prefers to nap with the chickens and the other ducks don't mind her. Today I've been seeing her hang out with my new big girl a little bit more so I think she likes her
     
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I guess you have no problems so Best wishes..
     

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