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At wit's end!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Myra, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Myra

    Myra In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    Okay -

    I got 4 buff orphinton chicks and 2 pekins a year ago - everything went fine until one of the pekins decided she was a he at 8 months and as a drake he started trying to mate with the hens. So I had to seperate the drake from the flock in the morning so everyone could calmly lay their eggs then put the 2 pekins together in one area & hens in another for the rest of the day. Tiresome routine!

    So I thought in April that I'd order 2 female pekin chicks....well, now I'm in a quandry. I kept the ducklings seperate then did the slow introduction thing but now the the hens attack/chase the 2 month old pekins, the 2 month olds attack the 2 adult pekins (and the female now has stopped laying eggs -= sure it's stress)and the drake still tries to mate the hens if put in the same area.

    Now giving anyone away isn't an option as my kids would revolt.....so do I keep everyone seperate and continue to rotate in and out of pens and in and out to free range in the yard....or what!!!!


  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Nettie posted not to long ago that it all turned around when they turned 4 month old in her house. I personally think it is also a question of time. The 2 month olds are just still kiddos and wont stand up for themselves. Just give it more time. I have the same issue with my 11 ducks that are also 2 month old. They are afraid of the 2 that are only one month older. I still keep them separated, with only supervised time together. Garden hose works well on the 2 older stinkers. They see me lifting the nozzle and they behave.

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