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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckLover2399, Dec 15, 2011.
Thanks! I guess I will leave her eggs and see what happens. It's really cold here too!!
Hello! We have 2 Indian Runners (male and female) and I have a bit of an issue. Since we lost one of our pairs (we used to have 4), the one male duck has been so mean! Whenever I walk into their enclosure he attacks me! Which is kind of cute because he's protecting his lady, but sometimes it really hurts... He'll bite my legs when I'm wearing shorts, bite my wrist when I put their food/water down, its just brutal!
Another issue is our female, Lucy. Lucy has always been the curious type, the one who gets in all the trouble (thus the name). But ever since she lost her two best friends, Ethel and Fred (when will I ever get a life :/ ) she has turned to the motherly side... Always sitting on her eggs, very protective and snappy, and even walks like a pregnant woman! It literally looks like she isn't an indian runner when she walks shes so slouched. I first thought it was sour/backed up crop, but it changes shape throughout the week, so I think they're eggs... Is this her turning into an adult or??
Finally our first egg! We have 5 girls and a drake. They are about 7 months now so I have been waiting anxiously for the girls to start laying. It's pretty miserable weather at the moment in England, just relentless rain and wind and we are only getting about 9 hours daylight which I guess has slowed them down. I feel like a proud father!
Here it is, 74grams of messy perfection!
My males get mean like that too but it's usually when they are ready to mate. I'm not very knowledgeable about ducks but I have noticed when they want to mate more (maybe their mating season) they get aggressive with me and then as soon as the season is over they stop doing it. Mine are like this from Feb or March until around November.
Are drakes sometimes mean like roosters?
Yes. Very simular. Except they are more protective as roosters are just... How do I say this... Roosters are dicks.
Thanks! Has anybody ever called you a really good enabler before?? It's been 2 years since I got a box of peepie quackers in the mail!! I think I'm long overdue!
I have read about grieving ducks getting broody, and that is what it sounds like to me. Lucy and your drake are probably still upset about their loss, and now are becoming protective of the nest. She sounds like a typical broody. Make sure she is safe, with fresh water and food nearby at all times.
My broodies only leave the next twice a day at times, other times they will take more frequent breaks.
my duck has good look but mine is bigger sooooooo.......
Too funny. You just have the wrong roosters.
Clyde, our blue runner drake will most certainly come after you when his girl, Bonnie, is on a nest. If you get past him, Bonnie will give you a beating you won't forget.