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HELP!! Aggressive male Rouens

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Help please!! I have two adult male Rouen's that have recently become SUPER aggressive with us... We purchased 4 more ducklings back in January so now we have a total of 6, 3 males, 3 females..

"The boys" as we call the two adult males have gotten to the point where they target me as soon as they set eyes on me. I pull in the drive, they jump in my car attacking...I walk out of the house, they run from the barn flapping their wings and moving those flat feet as fast as they can, to attack me! I have to walk around the property with a broom to keep them off of me. We LOVE these ducks and do not want to get rid of them so ANY advice would be much appreciated.. I'm at a loss and have no clue how to stop this bad behavior.
post #2 of 8

If they were mine, I would pen them up until the later part of the breeding season.  Once I let them loose if they exhibited the same aggression they would have to find a new home or be eaten.

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post #3 of 8

Yes, they are all fired up due to breeding season and surges in testosterone. If they are being that bad, I agree that they should be penned up so you can live your life without being constantly attacked. This happens alot with hand-raised drakes because they have no fear of people, so feel like they can push us around like they do to their females. You can also try holding them down to the ground for a minute when they come after you, asserting your dominance and showing them that you will not take their behavior. This sometimes works to show them some manners, but you have to be consistent and do it EVERY time they go after you.

 

Once your young females are old enough and can be with them, their behavior MIGHT improve, but then again drakes can also be very protective of their females and attack people to keep them away.

 

Also, you might want to try and find a new home for two of your drakes. The ideal duck ratio is one male to at least 3 females, otherwise you risk over-breeding and injury to the females, and alot of fighting between drakes. 

post #4 of 8
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Thank you both! We will have to definitely pen them up... I was trying to avoid that, but at this point it's out of hand.. I will also try holding them down to the ground.. I have been on the hunt for some adult females to even out the ratio, we were waiting to see how many females/males were in the last bunch we purchased. We do love our ducks so they won't be going no anywhere and we want them to be as happy as they can be! Thank you both for your advice we appreciate it smile.png

P.S. How long is breeding season??
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P.S. How long is breeding season??

 

They usually calm down end of Summer, early Fall. So...a long time, unfortunately. >.< 

post #6 of 8
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Eeek!! That's forever away!! I will say the "pinning" them to the ground worked after a few attempts... The little jerks definitely fought me and bit me BUT we won in the end... Thank you so much for the advice.
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Eeek!! That's forever away!! I will say the "pinning" them to the ground worked after a few attempts... The little jerks definitely fought me and bit me BUT we won in the end... Thank you so much for the advice.

 

Glad it worked for you! Just be prepared for them to possibly test you again later on. Some of them can be pretty bull-headed. Just pin them to the ground again if they do and don't let them win. They will get the message. ;)

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Glad it worked for you! Just be prepared for them to possibly test you again later on. Some of them can be pretty bull-headed. Just pin them to the ground again if they do and don't let them win. They will get the message. wink.png

Bull headed is an understatement. Lol!!!! They test us every time we walk outside.
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