The Duck Thread

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ZakoHero, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. City farm

    City farm Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 6, 2012
    Mesa, Arizona U.S.A.
    Spoiled & getting loved on
  2. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

    May 11, 2013
    Hey, so I need you guys' opinion. Wobbles does this sometimes and it freaks me out. It looks like she's just having a hyper, overly preeny-ful moment, but she gapes and yelps sometimes when she does it. It's quite unsettling, but at the same time she makes happy chirps and is totally fine after her little episode is over. Is she ok?

  3. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    My whole flock does something very similar. One starts and the others follow and then they run around the pen flapping there wings and making all manner of noises and crazy preening actions, usually it ends in the pool with a lot of splashing. I think it's a display of excitement but really I have no insight.
  4. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Oh and that was a super cute video! Hope my duck story makes you less worried :)
  5. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

    May 11, 2013
    A little bit. :p It's just the gaping that has me so puzzled, and that squawk she made, like she was in pain. Ducks are weird. [​IMG]
  6. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Ducks are weird! I'll turn up the sound and watch the video again.
  7. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    I'm going to say it's an excited startled sound, not pain... Just my opinion.
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Chickens tend to get bored and it can be hard to keep them busy. I like to toss the scratch into the weeds along the fencing or other areas where they need to dig and search for it. It's also why I toss it into bales of hay or straw.

    Bread is a nice treat, but overdone like other treats it can cause problems. Insoluble grit needs to be in abundance when giving greens or other soft things. I know some folks think they'll find enough themselves but imo, I don't think so. So I dump piles of it here and there and sometimes dump a handful in their feed. I do recycle egg shells by crushing them up in with the grit too.

    In the winter the straw or hay keeps their feet warmer. One year my rooster was bleeding from his feet.



    Bunnies find shelter too. [​IMG]


  9. Lowri12

    Lowri12 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 17, 2014
    Wales, UK
    Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me. I was sold a duck just around 3 months ago and was told it was a Silver Appleyard and definitely female. It is around 13 weeks old now and does not quack but makes the raspy drake sound so it's definitely a drake. It also doesn't look like a Silver Appleyard to me, I'm thinking maybe it's a saxony? Could someone please help me out and suggest what breed he is?[​IMG]
  10. MommaHenn

    MommaHenn Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2014
    Could you tell me how old Wobbles is?

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