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Originally Posted by daidyducks View Post
 

So this new drake we got recently, well, couple months ago has been mating with my Babygirl and I've noticed he's been pulling the feathers off the back of her neck. The skin underneath is starting to show and it's getting red. Im afraid he's being too rough with her but don't know how to separate them since they sleep in the same coop at night. 

 

Is there anything that can soothe for now?

I was thinking warm compress but I'm not sure if that would help at all.

 

 

I have a cage thats big enough for him but its cold out and not sure if he'd be okay by himself. Usually we just place the cage outside their coop so they can come out from their enclosed house in the mornings, but having him out all night, would that be bad?

 

You've got some great advice from everyone here so far. I'd like to add that not only will those pesky boys pluck them bald and possibly even make their skin raw, but if they start grabbing to the side of her head, they can injure the female's eyes. :(
Not sure how big your coop is, but you might consider putting up a removable fence. I use some of the leftover hardware cloth from building the pen, but I'm sure even a small roll of poultry wire would suffice for this purpose. I've done this many times in my pen to give my Ruby a break (she's everyone's favorite for some reason). She hates being brought in the house away from them, but she's perfectly happy if she can still see them and they can't get to her.

Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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