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Help! My ducks are bullies...

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I have 4 male Pekin ducks. They were the last four ducklings at Tractor supply about 6 months ago. They have a nice little life in my backyard with my chickens and goats. As ya'll probably know, they always stick together. Here and there they would gang up on one but then be together again. For a week now, they have completely ousted the one duck. They will not let him near them and will literally go out of their way to chase him. He is alone all the time now and just watches them from afar. We never connected with them enough for them to let us hold them so we really can't do much for him except feed him separately. It's so sad and it's cold outside now so I don't want him to have to keep sleeping by himself. Please tell me if you've experienced this or what you suggest I should do! I really don't want to give him away.
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Sorry I don't know what to do sad.png
I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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This is only a suggestion and I have no idea if it would work but... Would it be possible for you to separate the duck that is being bullied in isolation with just one of the other ducks? Maybe the least aggressive. Maybe it would give them a chance to bond. Maybe you could give them special treats or fun pond time together, so the other duck begins to associate the bullied one with good things. If they get along well you could reintroduce them to the others and it wouldn't be 3 on 1 anymore. Or maybe rotate all of them so that the other three all get alone time with the bullied one. Like I said, I don't know if it would work but I don't think it would hurt to try.

 

If might also be that there is something wrong with the one that is being bullied. Maybe the others can sense it and are seeing him as weak.

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Thank you so much for your response!! I'm definitely going to try that! Very good point
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