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Hello! We have an existing flock of 6 chickens and 3 ducks (khaki campbells, 2 female and thought 3rd was a hen, but turned into a drake!). Anyway, we needed one more layer, as we thought we initially had 3 ;). Bought another hen from the flock that our ducks came from. We've had them since June, they are all wonderful. One female is very friendly, other is still a little shy and Mr. A, well, he stands back more than the others. We needed another female for eggs, so we thought getting one from same flock would be best. Brought her home last night and went ahead and let her in with the others. The females don't seem to mind her at all, but Mr A keeps separating her from the others and plucking at the feathers at her neck. Poor girl keeps getting chased around the coop and can't even relax. I finally pulled him out of the coop so that she can rest a bit and socialize some. He doesn't like it much, but I feel that it is better. I understand that there will be some pecking order that needs to be established, but I also don't like the fact that he has pulled out so many of her feathers around her neck. The chickens are all well mannered and more interested in us humans than the additional duck. Any suggestions, should I keep him separated for a bit to calm things down? Will he stop picking on her? Any help will be appreciated. It's only been one day, maybe a little more time would help, but I couldn't standby and watch him pecking all her feathers out! Thank you!

 

PS...I love having chickens and ducks, never thought I'd have them, it's actually quite funny! My son loves them so much, all he wants for Christmas is anther coop with 20 chickens of his own to start his own egg business. He is 15, very proud of him! He's got it all planned out, saved up some $ and started gathering supplies! Sorry, got sidetracked! Squirrel! I love chickens!

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It doesn't matter if they came from the same flock. They have been away from each other and developed their pecking order. You should always quarantine new fowl, 4 weeks completely away from main flock then introduce them slowly. I personally  use a dog taxi for flying in a small space that is fenced off inside the main run. That way they can see, smell, and talk to each other. I do this for 1-2 weeks depending on their interaction through the fence. Then I always add the new ones to the main flock at night when they are already roosting less chance of a fight. Since you took the drake out put him in the coop in a cage so he can be with them but cant get to them for a few days then let him out at night. 

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Agreed
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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Thank you for your advice. Yes, we know that being from flock wouldn't make much, if any difference. I think we are going to try to keep him in a cage in the coop for some of the day so that the new addition can have a break. She needs to eat, rest, and she hangs out with the other ladies while he isn't interfering. They don't seem to mind her a bit. They are all very calm ducks, he's the only one with his feathers ruffled! wink.png. He hasn't been as bad today, but maybe a little time apart might do some good. We'll keep an eye on them and see what pans out. Hopefully it won't take too long for them to get along. I feel so bad for the new duck, she seems so sweet, not aggressive back at all. Just lets him do whatever to her. I just don't want her to not feel like part of the flock and I don't want him pecking her feathers out! Thanks again, we'll try this for a couple more days and then see if we need to do something different. smile.png
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