Chicken hatched duckling and pecking at ducks feet

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ambermcdonald, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. ambermcdonald

    ambermcdonald New Egg

    Sep 20, 2013
    Vacaville, CA
    The hen successfully hatched one of 6 ducklings so far. When I went in to give food and water the duckling came out and the hen was pecking at the ducklings feet. Is this a mother telling the duckling to get back under her for safety? Or is this a problem where I should raise the duck separately?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Mother hens don't peck at the chicks to get them under them. They do peck at chicks when they don't recognize them as their own. I would watch closely and be ready to remove them. Not all hens are good moms and not all will accept a different species.

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