First off, hi! 15 weeks in on living with our first birds and mostly things are great (it's a steep learning curve!)
We started with 6 Wyandotte chicks and 4 buff ducklings, all brooded together, moved into their big coop together and free range together happily.
As luck would have it, we ended up with 2 roos (down to one, but that's a different story) and 4 hens
but we also got 3 drakes and 1 duck...
One week ago a workmate who hatched buff duck eggs swapped 2 of my drakes for his 2 girls as he could no longer keep them. One is obviously a boy, which is fine (we'll deal with him later) my problem is the girl Bonnie... she's such a.. tart!
She's pushes everyone around, hogs the food and water constantly and chases everyone away from it - I do have food in several place but she hovers around all of them, then when she's finished orders her duck friends somewhere else, she kicks everyone else out of both pools and is stressing out my favourite drake
Has anyone else had to deal with an aggressive new female duck? I've separated her to knock her down a bit in the pecking order but I'm not sure if it's the same as with chickens, is this an exercise in noisy futility?
It's quite hard to find information on pet ducks, or maybe mine are just odd? My ducks are all head of the pecking order, Whitney my other girl leads the chickens into the coop at night and has been hanging out with them a lot lately as Bonnie is so mean to her
the ducks in their scruffy stage