My scovy is afraid

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by suburbanduckmom, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. suburbanduckmom

    suburbanduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Belmont, CA
    My 2 month old scovy is afraid of heights. [​IMG] We have a step that is about 6 inches tall that she can jump up on but gets afraid when she wants to come down. She likes to be held but not if I'm standing up. She tries to follow her sister around but then gets stranded and wants help getting down. Her feet and legs look fine and she runs around without any problems.

    Has anyone else ever encountered this?

    Will she ever learn to fly if she is afraid of heights? I keep laughing at the prospect of her accidentally flying and freaking out about being too high off the ground [​IMG]
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Awww poor baby. I've never heard anything like this, but I SO feel for your girl.

  3. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    There is a good chance that once her flight feathers start growing in/grow in and she starts flapping those pretty wings she will gain more confidence. Those wings help them keep their balance esp. when they are trying to hop/fly down . My Scovies don't seem afraid of heights but they are VERY careful and slow about going down stairs or hoping off a log. I think those short legs of theirs makes it a bit difficult to keep their balance going downhill, so to speak. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:It must be something she learned, in nature they are tree nesting ducks and the ducklings usually just jump out of the nest following the mother to get their first food. Maybe she was dropped or fell from a height and hurt her self and she is remembering that. Geese often freak out when they first get off the ground and don't know how to land. Like kids on a thrill ride soome can't wait to go again, some are shamed into it by their families and some will never fly again. For wild waterfowl the rule is pretty much fly or die.
  5. suburbanduckmom

    suburbanduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Belmont, CA
    She was a rescued as a duckling and was missing quite a bit of fluff on her back side. We wonder if she was picked up by a predator. She is doing great in all other areas. I just hope she doesn't crash land.
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I have to agree with keeperofthehearth;
    Scovies don't seem afraid of heights too much. My 4 month olds are hitting the top of the barn ( 12' high ) with no fear..
    Just give them time before you know it they will be up, down and on everything... [​IMG]


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