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Hi all I have 2 ducks a male and a female they were in with my chickens never have had a problem last week the male killed one of my laying hens I was so upset I was told after that male Ducks will try and mate the hens when they begin to lay and they are very brutal to the hen well since this happen I have moved my ducks to a coop of their on but now the male is very aggressive to me he pecks my feet and legs and just runs crazy when I enter his coop this morning I was changing his water and he jumped up and got me on the ear I love my ducks but I don't know what to do is this normal I go in several times Daily and talk to them and pet them he's always been very gentle until last week please I need any advise I don't want to get rid of him I had him before I got the chickens thanks
Wow! Yes not good. I have never had an aggressive duck and I have around 60 right now. Have owned hundreds, we breed and hatch several every year. I keep rouen, pekin, swedish, and Muscovy. My advice is training. when he gets aggressive, either grab him up and hold him, or pin him to the ground. Loud stern angry voice! NO! BAD DRAKE! Repeat the words and make eye contact the entire time. Hold him until he is not struggling. Of course, not so hard that you harm him, pinning is a dominant act that waterfowl, and most poultry use. Its their natural way in communicating you are the alpha.Staring down is also dominance, and needs to be part of his training as well.
It may only take once, or may take several tries. Just depends on the drake. Anyone in your family has to also do this if they are in contact with the drake. This works with poultry also. I can't guarantee it will stop his aggression, but works for us 99% of the time. Good luck, let us know how it goes.
Hello All! I am a fellow south side resident and rather new to chicken keeping. Chicken math hit me hard and I now have 27 birds from 8 weeks to 2 years :) My favorites are the Swedish Flower hens and Cream Legbars but I lucked into a couple of Ayam Cemani and a couple of frizzle Tolbunt Polish so we have a pretty diverse group! I am thrilled to find an active group in the state and the wealth of knowledge that is shared on this site, Thank you all for sharing your experience!
Hello and welcome to our thread You have a beautiful flock!