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ok so this is going to sound a little strange but my male pekin duck thinks he is a chicken... so i have ruled out that he is fighting over females because he DOES NOT like ducks. So my 1 year old male mallard and my 4 year old male pekin have been getting into it the past couple of days and it is really getting on my nerves. the pekin is the one that usually starts the fights. we adopted him from my fiance's work and he had never seen another duck in his life. that is why he thinks he is a chicken because he only grew up with chickens. he does not like the other ducks i have and just hangs with our chickens all day. maybe he is fighting because he just hates other ducks in general? he will pick fights with my other ducks too.  not sure what to do. he attacks my mallard in the water and i am afraid he will drown him if i am not home to stop it. any suggestions on how i can get this to stop?

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ok so this is going to sound a little strange but my male pekin duck thinks he is a chicken... so i have ruled out that he is fighting over females because he DOES NOT like ducks. So my 1 year old male mallard and my 4 year old male pekin have been getting into it the past couple of days and it is really getting on my nerves. the pekin is the one that usually starts the fights. we adopted him from my fiance's work and he had never seen another duck in his life. that is why he thinks he is a chicken because he only grew up with chickens. he does not like the other ducks i have and just hangs with our chickens all day. maybe he is fighting because he just hates other ducks in general? he will pick fights with my other ducks too.  not sure what to do. he attacks my mallard in the water and i am afraid he will drown him if i am not home to stop it. any suggestions on how i can get this to stop?

@Alicia0795 I think it would be best to keep them separated your probably right in the fact that your Pekin being heavier could possibly drown your Mallard, you also have to watch your Pekin drake doesn't carry it too far with your hens and try to mate with them.  The anatomy of ducks and chickens are not compatible with mating and it is usually a death sentence for hens. Is there anyway to keep your Pekin with a few of the ducks he likes or at least tolerates?  and let your Mallard have the rest?

 

it was awfully sweet of you to adopt him and they can get very confused on who they are especially if they weren't raised with their own kind but there is hope, I let one of my Muscovy's hatch a gosling he lived with only Muscovy's for over 5 yrs had never seen a goose until I brought home a 4 month old female of course he didn't want to have anything to do with her this was in Aug. It took a good 3 months of me keeping him and the female separated from the rest of the flock so he would get use to her, Mating season cinched the deal. .


Edited by Miss Lydia - 12/18/15 at 4:02pm

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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he used to try and mate with my hens but i think now he knows that he just cannot. He does not try and mess with my larger male ducks as much, not sure why. he just likes to mess with the ones smaller than him. we have had him for a couple months and he used to be very scared of the other ducks and wouldn't even go by them but now gets feisty when the mallards are near him. I am sure the mallards start some of the fights but maybe he is just fighting because he is scared? my ducks are free range and roam the yard during the day so it is not a huge problem with fighting but when they get close to each other they just are not liking it. 

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