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Welsh Harlequin drake beating up on new girls

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We have a 10 month old breeding pair of Welsh Harlequins and just introduced a pair of girls that are 2 1/2 months old, incubated from the 10 month old's eggs. We moved the younger ones into the duck house 2 weeks ago and they were separated from the older pair by a hardware cloth fence. We introduced them to the older ducks in their yard this morning and the drake immediately became extremely aggressive with both younger females, mounting them, pulling out their neck feathers and not letting them up. We've raised ducks for almost a decade and have never seen such aggressive behavior upon introducing new girls. Is this normal behavior and do we need to worry about him injuring the girls? We hate to have to get rid of him, he's a gorgeous drake. Thanks in advance for any help
Steve

Steve

 Little Birch Farm

 

2 Chinese Fantail, 1 Brahma, 2 Cochin bantam, Cochin Rooster, 1 Polish Crested, 10 Ameraucana, 5 New Hampshire Red,, 2 Copper Maran, 5 White Rock, 5 Golden sex link, 5 Black Indian Runner Ducks, 6 Blue Swedish Ducks, 5 Pilgrim geese, 4 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 10 Canine family members - and oh yeah, 3 humans!

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Steve

 Little Birch Farm

 

2 Chinese Fantail, 1 Brahma, 2 Cochin bantam, Cochin Rooster, 1 Polish Crested, 10 Ameraucana, 5 New Hampshire Red,, 2 Copper Maran, 5 White Rock, 5 Golden sex link, 5 Black Indian Runner Ducks, 6 Blue Swedish Ducks, 5 Pilgrim geese, 4 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 10 Canine family members - and oh yeah, 3 humans!

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Yes, someone please help! I'm in a similar (though opposite) situation! 

 

We introduced 2 WH drakes to our mixed breed flock 2 weeks ago, and out of the blue yesterday they completely turned on our poor little pekin girl! All the other ducks are fine, but they will not leave the Pekin alone! It's like they hate her and my husband thinks they will kill her if we leave it be. We've separated her for now, but are at our wits end about what to do long term!!!


Edited by KARy408 - 3/30/16 at 12:40pm

Duck Eggs rule, Chicken Eggs drool! Flock of 10 Layers, 2 Drakes + 1 Guinnea Boy:

Black Runners: Lolo, Solo & Flojo

Blue Runners: Zippo & Webber

Welsh Harlequins: Marco, Polo, Carol, Joan & Lucy

Pekin: Peanut

Guinnea Fowl: Brown Travis & Mama Travis

*All enjoy dive-bombing, green leafies, singing and sneaking off into the woods.

 

Follow me on Instagram: @darlingind

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Duck Eggs rule, Chicken Eggs drool! Flock of 10 Layers, 2 Drakes + 1 Guinnea Boy:

Black Runners: Lolo, Solo & Flojo

Blue Runners: Zippo & Webber

Welsh Harlequins: Marco, Polo, Carol, Joan & Lucy

Pekin: Peanut

Guinnea Fowl: Brown Travis & Mama Travis

*All enjoy dive-bombing, green leafies, singing and sneaking off into the woods.

 

Follow me on Instagram: @darlingind

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Bumping as I'm in the same position. Welsh harlequin drake, almost 1 year. Pekin hen that's 7 months is his partner. Then we have 14 X 2 month old ducks (2 WH hens and 12 Pekins that are straight run). Our drake has pinned the Pekins, pulling out feathers and trying to mate. We keep them divided now but yesterday one got out somehow while we were away and when we got home her back was all bloody. Will they ever integrate or does he need to go bye bye? The Pekins are nearly full size already! I was hoping to breed the WH but don't need to.
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