Originally Posted by Miss Lydia
It does take time for everyone to get sorted when you bring in new ones, best thing is to keep them side by side with fencing so resident ducks can still go about their business as normal but slowly realize the 2 next to them are there to stay it really helps make the newbies get use to everything too and no one gets beat up. It shouldn't take 6 months. more like a week. At night you can put the 2 new ones inside the duck house in a large dog crate so that way they are still protected but safe for the night.
That's how I ended up this last time, but I messed around for much too long trying different things. Their coop is only about 16 sq ft, but last time I was separating them completely (new duck with a friendly old duck, and two ornery ones together). One couple in the coop at night and the other couple in a dog crate outside the coop. They did assimilate to each other much faster when I installed a separating wall of expanded metal in the coop and housed a couple on each side. This way they could see each other but not harm anyone. I guess that was my first real mistake of duck ownership, second one being overly confident in their pen. Live and learn.
I hope this new duck transition goes as smooth as you say it should
I was told to wait until March or April, does that sound right, Miss Lydia?