Talkative Duck Problem

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ClickerChick, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. ClickerChick

    ClickerChick Songster

    Can anyone help me with my duck problem? In the mornings, she is SO noisy! I'm not sure what the quack means, but she continuously quacks while running back and forth across the yard! She scolds me for being out, then she quiets down as soon as I go in the house! She is so noisy and annoying - what do I do? Can I do anything to break this habit of hers? Is she trying to tell me something?

    Thanks for any input!
  2. johari

    johari Chirping

    Mar 30, 2013
    Probably not, she's excited to see you. Which is why i found a new home for my pekins. They were just too loud.
  3. chickenchick123

    chickenchick123 In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2013
    My ducks would stand at the back door and quack loudly to tell me a neighbours dog was barking ( as if I couldn't hear it barking already!) I think they just like the company and to tell or warn you of something like being a watch duck! I don't know how to stop it hopefully someone else can enlighten us! Good luck, they do have some adorable personalities ducks!x
  4. johari

    johari Chirping

    Mar 30, 2013
    I actually slightly miss my loud ducks. I have quieter ones now. But the loud ones were pretty cool.

  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Is she an only duck? if so there may be your problem, she's lonely for duck companions.
  6. ClickerChick

    ClickerChick Songster

    Yes, she's the only duck, but she's never seen another duck before in her life. She has the chickens as her companions, and doesn't even know what a duck is!

    Hmm, maybe she's just glad i'm there and is just really happy to see me...
  7. mothergooz

    mothergooz In the Brooder

    May 16, 2013
    Vernon Hills, IL
    My guess is it's one of two things:
    1. There is something that happens in the morning that is frightening her and she is trying to tell you there is something wrong.
    2. She needs you to feed her immediately when you get up in the morning.

    Of the ducks I know they only speak when they are upset and it usually involves fear or food . Do you feed her right away when you see her? The ducks I know automatically assume they're going to get food when they FIRST see me and if I don't have it, I get quacked at. If I visit them a second time that day, they don't get mad at all.

    Both a scolding and a cry for help sound almost the same but a cry for help will be at a higher pitch and more frantic. Also is she moving her wings, craining her neck or sticking out a tongue when she speaks? These are also important clues to her emotional state.

    If she gets quiet when you leave her then it could be a territorial issue too. Try feeding her right when you first see her in the morning and see if it helps. If she's still in a panac, and I know this sounds crazy, ask her what is wrong. Ask her over and over again until she points you in the direction of the problem or leads you to it. You may need to move her home to a new area.

    If she is getting harrassed by other animals, which is a possibility, you almost might want to check her for peck or bite marks.

    I hope this helps. If you have any video, please post.
  8. ClickerChick

    ClickerChick Songster

    OK, i'll get a video in the morning then feed her and see if that helps. I would feed her right away, but I want to get the video for you XD
  9. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Whether she's seen another duck is irrelevant, the instincts of wanting a duck reply are still there. I keep some buffs with my Muscovy flock, they communicate with each other the most, while they enjoy their scovie companions, the voicing is completely different and they look for ducks of their own kind(Muscovy are NOT mallard derived and basically geese) so it was quite humorous when they came across the calls i keep, and conversation came about because they speak the same language.

    As well ducks are chatty and loud, this is the way they get themselves heard, my buffs and calls are always talking, always saying something and the voices vary, these ducks especially the buffs are in flocks so they have many birds of their own kind.

    Frankly, singular ducks will always be more noisy regardless of whether they have fowl with them, again the instinct to look and get a reply from someone of their own language is always there. If the duck acts normal otherwise, and is eating/drinking/bathing i don't think it's anymore than that, she is likely trying to gain a proper duck response from you.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2013
  10. ClickerChick

    ClickerChick Songster

    It's funny when I quack back to her - she gets more excited sounding and the pitch goes higher and faster. So, I'm guessing you're right, she does want a duck companion. This week at the fair she will be right next to her three siblings from my friends' house. I'm excited to see how she reacts!

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