Twitching

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by acriswell4, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. acriswell4

    acriswell4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is twitching normal or a sign of something?
     
  2. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Did he just bath? Has he stopped?
     
  3. acriswell4

    acriswell4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes he did, he does it through out the day to though.
     
  4. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Is he active, eating, foraging,walking fine,not making strange noises?
     
  5. Spyderk117

    Spyderk117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks do that when they are preening their wing feathers. And when they get out of the pool too. Not exactly sure what it means.
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2016
  6. rachd1987

    rachd1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    I often wondered this - I think I read somewhere they twitch after bathing and preening to help everything "fall back into place"
     
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    He looks like he's trying to quack or take off flying... Ours jiggle like that right before taking off flying (we have Mallards currently)... Is he nervous about something maybe? A nearby male he's showing off for? The neighbors cat?

    That's not the typical "jiggling after a bath", that's more pronounced, IMO anyway..

    Edit* I consulted DH with the video (I'm the chicken lady, he's the duck man lol) and he says its perfectly normal. It's the duck version of " restless leg syndrome " ha-ha; they're exercising their wing muscles, usually after sitting for a while or when they're young and learning how to use their wings. Just keeping their flight muscles ready to go. ;)
     
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  8. aileenpnz

    aileenpnz Just Hatched

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    Both of my WH twitch their wings too, odd mannerism I thought, but settling feathers right could be the reason. ?
     

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