BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › Bullying
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Bullying

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I have 2 muscovy that are about 15 weeks old (HUGE)  a 2 year old runner and 14 week old runner/pekin mix. Recently I noticed that the runner stopped quacking and seems depressed. She still eats/drinks/forages but instead of acting like her normal bubbly self, ignores me when I talk to her and now follows the runner/pekin around (her daughter) I've seen both my male and female muscovy biting her back and her feathers look ruffled. There is quite a bit of size difference between them and I'm thinking she is being bullied to the point of depression. She used to quack all the time and was excited when I came in the pen and now seems so sad and passive. I thought maybe she was sick at first....any thoughts??

post #2 of 6
How long ago did you put them in with the muscovies??
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

A month or so ago. I just separated them and wihtin a few hours the runner is already starting to bob her head and quack at me again a little :D

post #4 of 6
Okay, i was going to say that they were putting in the pecking order. But maybe something else is up, how many females are there to males?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

3 females and one male. The female muscovy picks at her more than the male

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

I just noticed her feathers are wet and looked at her back and there is a sore where they have been biting her.


Edited by PhoenixPharm - 6/5/16 at 4:19pm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ducks
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › Bullying