Silver Appleyard Tosses One Back - Should we be concerned?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 3bird, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. 3bird

    3bird Songster

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rockland, Maine
    Hi, All.

    So sweet Martha, one of our six silver Appleyard ducks, has always had a very distinctive way of drinking as seen in this video (Martha is on the right behind Mouse, our all-white silver Appleyard):

    We've always thought it was adorable, but we recently begun wondering if it was indicative of a problem. We searched some and didn't find anything definitive. Has anyone else seen this in their ducks?

    A few details: Martha is our smallest silver Appleyard but also usually the most feisty. She adores food and eats with gusto. She may be our drake's favorite girl. After her first drink, where she tosses her head back, she then drinks normally. The next time she come to the pail, however, 90% of the time she'll toss the first drink back again and then resume drinking normally. She'll be two years old this spring. Here's another short video:

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Kkrista123

    Kkrista123 Songster

    Dec 2, 2018
    Hatboro PA
    My Coop
    That is very interesting. @Jpat ever seen a silver appleyard do this??
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Well if she is almost 2 yrs old and is fine every other way maybe this is just a Martha thing. I haven't ever seen any of mine do that but who to say that isn't normal for Martha. She sure looks healthy.
  4. 3bird

    3bird Songster

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rockland, Maine
    It is the most adorable thing...well almost as adorable as her running for her soup as soon she hears or catches a glimpse of one of us bringing it out. :) Look at her at ~0.34 here when she hears Mom say "Hey, Ducklings!"

    We'll keep an eye on it, but we'll also continue to enjoy her unique personality and behaviour!
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    That was hilarious!! I love it makes for a fun laugh.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    The girl just enjoys that first drink. It's just a 'mannerism' and indicates no health issues.
  7. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

    Dec 26, 2018
    Beautiful ducks, I want some silver Appleyards now after seeing yours
  8. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Pullarius

    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop
    How adorable! I love your flock.
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  9. 3bird

    3bird Songster

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rockland, Maine
    Sometimes she throws her head back so far she loses her balance. :)
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    And she has done this since a duckling?
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