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Pekin flattens back when stroked there?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChaoticRogue14, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. ChaoticRogue14

    ChaoticRogue14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Tonight I discovered my Pekin duck does this weird thing if I touch her between her wings. I was trying to get my ducks out of their little pool for the night and I had to nudge them a bit. Then I pet my Pekin on her back and her wings lifted a bit and she raised her tail then made this strange sound like she was trying to clear her nairns even though they were clear. When I tried this with my Rouen, nothing happened.
    My theory is that this is a physical response for mating, kind of like if you stroke a cat on the base of its tail.
    Does anyone know what's going on?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Right on target - she wants to be mated, and you are the object of her affection. It's a response similar to squatting in chickens.
     
  3. ChaoticRogue14

    ChaoticRogue14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Cool!
    Can this be an indication of gender? Because I'm still not 100% certain of my ducks' genders. Neither have drake feathers, but my Pekin has a loud quack while my rouen has female coloring and a soft, rapid quack that *almost* sounds raspy.
    Thanks for the reply by the way. :)
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I would guess that the Pekin is a hen - the Rouen may be a drake that has yet to develop the drake curl or nuptial plumage. What color is the Rouen's beak? In my experience hens have brown/black bills while drakes have more olive colored bills.
     
  5. ChaoticRogue14

    ChaoticRogue14 Out Of The Brooder

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    The rouen started with a black beak and it seems to be turning a dull orange. They're both a little over five months and from what I've read, that's when they read maturity, but I could be wrong.
    The rouen also seems to have metallic feathers on its head and wings (excluding the blue patches) but it's ou visible in the right light.
     

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