Originally Posted by RavynFallen
And is the biggest, baddest little fluff in the brooder...
I do feel bad for the bullied 'lings, but brooder bullying is kind of funny. Little puff o' fluff thinking it's all that and when it grows up 10x its current size, it will be on the very bottom of the food chain (except for insects, worms and slugs).
When I got most of my flock, there was a miss-pick at the hatchery and I got a second Crested (a girl) instead of my WH. I called them and they took care of sending me 2 WH (they can't ship 1 bird). I made arrangements to rehome the Crested girl as well as one of the WH when it came in. When the WH came in, one was WAY bigger than the other. Since they were a week behind the rest of the flock, we decided to keep the bigger one so it would have a chance to blend in. This was Rhiannon. The other duck we referred to as "No Name" since she just stayed long enough to stabilize. They arrived Wednesday and the plan was that we would take No Name to Murdoch's on Saturday. Well Friday morning they were strong and doing fairly well so we moved them over to the main brooder. At this point, they were 4 days old, the rest in the brooder were 11 days old. Rhiannon was shy and slowly introduced herself around the brooder She was as big as the runners so wasn't that much out of place. Everyone liked her. No Name was about 2/3 the size of Rhiannon. She ran around the brooder and pecked everyone in the head right away - including the Pekin who was 4X her size. They didn't take too kindly to that and they all pecked her back. I scooped her out, put her in the box and took her to Murdoch's a day early. Figured she could try it again with a less hostile group. She was much better behaved when she was put in their brooder.
No Name (Top left) and Rhiannon (Rest of pic) - you can see the size difference at 2 days old I think that is why Rhiannon is currently bigger than our Swedish and Rouens even though WH is typically a smaller breed.
Edited by Tevyes Dad - 1/16/16 at 8:46am