Why did my duck "Hee Haw"?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lauren3321, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. lauren3321

    lauren3321 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a young mallard drake. He lives with my chickens. This morning I heard him hee haw, like a donkey but I wasn't sure that I really actually heard it so I just went on my routine. But then I saw him arch his neck and do it again. Has anyone ever heard of this? He is a quirky little duck but I just want to make sure it isn't a cough or something serious. I will try to get it on video if I can. Anyone?
     
  2. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Identity crisis? [​IMG]
     
  3. clbarley

    clbarley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is probably trying to crow like a chicken lol
     
  4. fowl farm

    fowl farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol, my Mallard drake does it too! It's startling, isn't it? I still haven't found out why, but I think it might have to do with the girls. I wonder if it really wins their hearts?
     
  5. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard my Khaki drake make a similar sound. I likened it to more like a poor imitation of a portion of a American bittern's call.[​IMG]
     
  6. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's probably a courtship display :) They kind of look like they are trying to get rid of something stuck in their throat, doing that odd neck movement. It's often accompanied by a high pitched whistle and maybe then walking in a circle with their neck stuck out. One of my young drakes does this too. Sounds like your boy just has some romance on his mind :)
     

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