Back in the summer, the peaceful animal kingdom was broken by some unusual quacking. The new batch of ducks (now over four months), especially AnnaLee, would let off a “persistent” quack.
That was unusual, so we went down the list. Danger? No. Hungry? No. Water – check. So what the heck is the problem? It’s such a time as this, I wish animals could speak English!
Having raised two batches of Khaki Campbell ducks over the last eight years, we knew that this heritage line is a quiet breed. Ducks, of course, will pleasantly chatter. Amy, for instance, would let off an occasional quack that sounded much like a “vaudeville laugh track” which was pretty cute.
After determining that the ducks were in want of nothing, Jordanne & I concluded three things that could be setting off the younger duck:
1) dynamics of three separate flocks
2) hormones of maturing ducks
3) “big sister, little sister” syndrome
It was observation time! So we watched and watched.
After an hour or so of watching the younger and older ducks interact, it was quite obvious that the newer, younger ducks had lots of energy. For instance, while the younger ducks are frolicking in the water, the older ducks were relaxing/snoozing. That’s when AnnaLee would go off quacking. Seemed as if the younger duckies wanted the old duckies to join in on the fun!
Jordanne gathered that if we took the new ducks out one at a time, it would show them that they don’t have to see or be with the older ones all the time. You know how little sisters want to tag along with the older sis. Figured we help give the younger duckies the confidence that they don’t need older sister ducks around to have fun.
Happy to say our observation and our little experiment paid off. For over a month now, the younger ducks now know they don’t need older ducks to have fun and all is well with “ducky-dom.”