This past spring, we were given a tiny, crippled, duckling. It had clearly splayed legs, so I splinted them, and they mended ok. But the duck, now grown, has a crooked spine. It seems to manage pretty well, and has developed the ability to fly much farther than any other bird on the place! My husband has developed a particular fondness for this duck, which he calls "squash," for its crook-neck, and the feeling appears to be mutual. The duck follows him everywhere! 2 questions bug us, however. First, is our duck a hen or a drake? Any ideas? Second, when my husband is holding the duck, it will seem to snuggle with him, and clearly enjoys his attention, but it will also take hold of the skin on his arm with its beak and give ferocious twist! LOL! It is as though it were trying to get chunks of flesh off! Can this be playful? Or are we mistaking a predatory behavior for affection? All thoughts are appreciated!