I noticed the goose wasn't herself a few days ago. She would hunker down in a corner even when I approached. Turns out the male duck was bothering her. She had a tiny amount of blood on her foot. I shooed the male duck away from her when I saw him picking on her. Then the goose seemed to run toward me if I entered the run like she knew male duck wouldn't bother her if she was next to me and she acted interested in leaving the run. Next day she had two small bloody spots on her beak. So I let her out of the run to free range with chickens. I get her back in at night fairly easily but she has to go back in the crowded coop with male duck.
I have poultry housing difficulties right now. No $ to build a new coop for whacko free ranging chickens. No $ to make larger run for newly acquired ducks and goose having issues with boy duck. She refuses to go out into the run now with the ducks. Smart thing already knows I will close the run door and open the large door out into the free range area. I have only been letting her out free range for a few days.
Why is male duck bothering her now after living with her peacefully for 2 months? I asked her previous owner if I was feeding her properly because I worried she had gotten weak and he was picking on her due to her weakness.
My run has no grass, just dirt and of course mud when I change pool water daily. Ducks are excavating for a built in pond but it will be awhile before they achieve that themselves. Is my run too small And causing problems?
Anything I can do to make male duck leave her alone? Previous owner said a different male duck was mating with her in the past but this doesnt look like mating to me....with bloody beak.