Chicken hatched duckling and pecking at ducks feet

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

  1. ambermcdonald

    ambermcdonald New Egg

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    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 Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    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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