My new male (Yellow bill african duck) is twiching his wing and opeoning his mouth most times

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by davidbarber, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. davidbarber

    davidbarber New Egg

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    We have just added a male and female duck to our yard of chickens.

    They seem happy after only 2 weeks on the land, and just two days ago the female started laying.

    I am a bit worried, the male duck has started twitching his wing and opening his mouth most times. It's like he has something stuck in his throat.

    He is drinking from the pond and eating OK..[​IMG]

    Can anyone suggest what may be the problem or is this what ducks do?
     
  2. Rosepath Garden

    Rosepath Garden Out Of The Brooder

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    It sounds like he is being a bit territorial telling everyone to stay back.
    When geese do this I find it scary but with a duck I think they look silly.
     
  3. davidbarber

    davidbarber New Egg

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    Thanks for your responce.

    Oh, I see. The ducks are out of the pen and free to wander around. He seems to do this when he is with the female.

    I had problems with the chickens gaping and not doing much about 6 months ago. and that turned out to be worms.

    I have not wormed the ducks yet!
     
  4. Dr. Todd

    Dr. Todd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like typical comfort movements to me. These are often observed in calm, comfortable birds, especially after bathing.

    Are these Yellow-bills wing clipped or free flying?
    DT
     
  5. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is just giving you a warning. My duck did this too, It nothing to worry about :)
     
  6. obsessedwithbirds

    obsessedwithbirds Out Of The Brooder

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    yea my ducks do this all the time.


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