One lonely Pekin joined my flock of indian runners a month ago. Her entire flock including her ducklings had been killed by coons and my friend didn't want to restart her flock till spring. Mrs. Pekin had spent 2 wks alone before she finally joined my flock on thanksgiving day. She has become less anxious, reactive, and neurotic since she's settled into the flock although she still freaks out- runs and bites. I'm quite amazed at her boisterous personality-- quite different from my quiet runners. She still spends a good part of the day chasing the drakes. Her original name Mrs. Pekin has been replaced by the moniker "horny hen." I think I know why she was lame for several months last spring, probably chased too many boys.
Are most Pekins loud, boisterous, and well, loud? Or is she just a special duck? Do they all waddle so alarmingly? When chasing drakes Mrs. Pekin will go so fast she ends up using her wings to help her keep balance. The runner drakes just go at a fast walk to evade her. . . they seem more impressed by the sexy runner hens than a loud Pekin.
Hopefully in the spring Mrs. Pekin will go home to her farm with a batch of ducklings. . and continue to evade those nasty coons (yes, the route of entrance has already been repaired and her home farm duck house is being reset up for spring). Isn't she lucky her owner wants a batch of runner/Pekin cross ducklings?
I had a pair of Pekins several years ago and the female passed away I still have the male. My female pekin never acted like that. She was quiet and very laid back and so is my male pekin. I think she has been through alot, losing her ducklings and seeing the others killed. Then she spent two weeks alone and then the move to your house. The poor thing doesn't know what to do. I think she is showing the males she is not taking anything off them. She is still angry about losing her family and being in a different environment. I think she will settle down in time. God bless you for taking her in.