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Chick thinks she's a duck??

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tinmomma, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. tinmomma

    tinmomma New Egg

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    I bought 3 ducklings to add to my duck flock. At the same time, I bought a Wyandotte chick bc I had previously been unable to find this breed in my area. Now that the ducks have joined the others on the pond, the young pullet is unhappy in my chicken coop. At first I let her free range with the others during the day and then put her up separate at night (to prevent the other chickens picking on her). Then I put her in the coop at night. She hasn't really been hanging with the others. Also - when I let them out to free range- if she sees the ducks- she races to them. She will follow them all the way to the pond and just stay there while they swim, etc. recommendations?
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. Its probably better to get at least another two birds of the same age (or slightly younger) for your Wyandotte. Introducing a single, younger bird to a flock is very hard on the bird, as younger birds tend to forum sub-flocks - and yours has no age-mates with whom to do this with.

    Good luck
    CT
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you don't have any male ducks, I think it is fine to let her hang with the ducks hens. If there is a male, definitely not. Duck anatomy is much different than a chicken, Drakes can kill a female chicken by trying to breed her.
     
  5. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani

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  6. tinmomma

    tinmomma New Egg

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. Its probably better to get at least another two birds of the same age (or slightly younger) for your Wyandotte. Introducing a single, younger bird to a flock is very hard on the bird, as younger birds tend to forum sub-flocks - and yours has no age-mates with whom to do this with.

    Good luck
    CT


    Thanks for the advice. I have been letting her play with her duck friends but will try to find a pullet of a similar age for her. Oh and this happened today......[​IMG]

    She swam across our pond!! I scooped her up and put her in a cage with a lamp and food. She was shivering!
     

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