My duckling is charging me?!?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SycolinWoodsChickens, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have nine Pekins and a blue swede. All ducks are five weeks old and love to come running to me for peas. This weekend they started the "she's going to kill me "run every time I got near them. I've read on BYC that this is normal and they will grow out of it. So this weekend I tried sitting in their pen and hand feeding them peas and while I was doing this one of the Pekins charged me three times. Each time I pushed it back then it would give me the stink eye again. Last night the Pekin did it again and I finally picked it up and held it in my lap until it calmed down.... So, could this be drake? It has a curly feather on its tail but maybe it's just a broken feather since it should be way to young to have a drake feather.

    Am I doing the right thing by trying to sit in with them and pushing it back when it charges? These are my first ducks so any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going through the same thing with my runner ducks. I am the big awful monster coming to attack all of a sudden! I'll sit by there pool and they will play wiith my fingers for a good long time. As soon as I get up....... OMG.... the monster is back!!! [​IMG] I don't know........ hopefully it will pass. If they hear me coming they will start making their chirping sounds. I only have one that quacks and one that seems to whistle. The rest still squeek. Maybe they are farsighted and I look different close up? Just a thought. [​IMG]
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I went through a miserable time with my runners when they turned about three weeks old. Suddenly I was an axe-murderer! It was very Hitchcockian, and I was sad.

    Duckyfromoz bailed me out by telling me that ducks become very sensitive to things coming at them from above. So I entered their area squatting, or sometimes on hands and knees. It helped just a little bit, and it prompted me to do more looking into their behavior. Runners, I found out HATE to be cornered, to even think they are going to be cornered. I began to allow them to get farther away from me when I cleaned the brooder (before this, I would sit with them and everyone was happy). They could go into the hall (floor covered with a poop catcher) and wait while I changed out the brooder.

    I also began regular pea treats, hand feeding them. After a few weeks, we were friends again, and now they are sweet and gentle and tolerant and fun.

    But I had to do quite a bit of patient waiting and undignified behavior.
     

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