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Chicken hatched duckling and pecking at ducks feet

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The hen successfully hatched one of 6 ducklings so far. When I went in to give food and water the duckling came out and the hen was pecking at the ducklings feet. Is this a mother telling the duckling to get back under her for safety? Or is this a problem where I should raise the duck separately?
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Mother hens don't peck at the chicks to get them under them. They do peck at chicks when they don't recognize them as their own. I would watch closely and be ready to remove them. Not all hens are good moms and not all will accept a different species.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.
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