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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PhoenixPharm, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. PhoenixPharm

    PhoenixPharm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 muscovy that are about 15 weeks old (HUGE) a 2 year old runner and 14 week old runner/pekin mix. Recently I noticed that the runner stopped quacking and seems depressed. She still eats/drinks/forages but instead of acting like her normal bubbly self, ignores me when I talk to her and now follows the runner/pekin around (her daughter) I've seen both my male and female muscovy biting her back and her feathers look ruffled. There is quite a bit of size difference between them and I'm thinking she is being bullied to the point of depression. She used to quack all the time and was excited when I came in the pen and now seems so sad and passive. I thought maybe she was sick at first....any thoughts??
     
  2. klemele

    klemele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long ago did you put them in with the muscovies??
     
  3. PhoenixPharm

    PhoenixPharm Out Of The Brooder

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    A month or so ago. I just separated them and wihtin a few hours the runner is already starting to bob her head and quack at me again a little :D
     
  4. klemele

    klemele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, i was going to say that they were putting in the pecking order. But maybe something else is up, how many females are there to males?
     
  5. PhoenixPharm

    PhoenixPharm Out Of The Brooder

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    3 females and one male. The female muscovy picks at her more than the male
     
  6. PhoenixPharm

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    I just noticed her feathers are wet and looked at her back and there is a sore where they have been biting her.
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016

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