Will my duck learn to be a duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DUCKOBSESSED, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched out one duck out of four eggs. She was raised with Guinea hens and a turken roo. When she is big enough I will move her with m duck flock. I want to know if she will learn how to be a duck. She has met the ducks and does know how to swim. She wants nothing to do with the ducks, but they like her.
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  2. bobthebunny

    bobthebunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put her with her own breed I would think should would start acting like a duck.
     
  3. smonkeySK

    smonkeySK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My khaki Campbell bonkers grew up with chickens - she has had ample opportunity to start becoming a duck but continues to hang with her chicken buddies!
    She slept with the ducks for about 4 nights, didn't enyoy my drakes advances so went back to being a chuck...
    She even lays where the chickens do - about 3 foot off the ground on a raised platform in the chicken coop!

    So good luck! To be fair though you just don't know with these things; it could go either way
     
  4. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. This is the first time i raised a duckling with other birds.
     
  5. Elaine Hope

    Elaine Hope Out Of The Brooder

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    the short answer is: No. she will think she is a chicken if she is raised with chickens, a turkey, if raised with turkeys, and so on. she will eventually learn to be a duck but you have to keep her with the ducks for a few weeks.
     
  6. smonkeySK

    smonkeySK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my bonkers seems to know that she's a duck - she just prefers the company of chickens!

    In fact the 3 chucks she was raised with are bloody good at making ducky peeping noises and even tend to fight like ducks!! But all 4 of these misfits hang round with my 2 older chickens (bonkers has won them round - they even let her preen them!) who were very anti duck before bonkers came on the scene :)

    I could force her back in with the ducks but I know she is happy where she is. I don't have the heart to break them up..
     
  7. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I was wondering. She will live with the ducks when she is big enough.
     

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