Chickens and duck not getting along

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicks Galore3, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

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    I have 3 ducks - 1 of them being a drake. They are just about 16 weeks old. Since they were about 8 weeks old, they've free ranged with my chickens, and everyone has gotten along fine. However, the drake has starting chasing the chickens. Like, full on charge them. My poor chickens are so stressed out. Why do you think the drake is chasing them? Is he being territorial? Trying to mate with them? Is there any way I can make him stop?
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Territorial is my best guess. My drake would do that sometimes. I broke him of it by picking him up everytime he did it.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It may be territorial, but more likely he is maturing sexually and sees them as objects of his 'affection'. If he starts grabbing and mounting them, remove him from the flock immediately. Drakes have penises - roosters do not. A hens anatomy is not constructed for the insertion of 'objects'. He can injure or perhaps even kill your hens.
     
  4. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your drake needs more duck hens. I have ducks and his sex drive recently has skyrocketed. You need one drake to every 4-5 or more duck hens. Then he will most likely leave your hens alone.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Your Drake needs other ducks..Yes he is being a male Duck. Young male ducks get silly.
    He will end up killing a hen once he matures.
    Separate him from the Chickens or find him a good home. You could also build a pen for ducks and buy him a friend? He cant go back with the chickens though...
     
  6. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just searched for "drake chasing chickens" and found this thread - I'm having the same issue with my drake getting a bit too aggressive with one of the pullets he grew up with. Then I watched my 2 ducks turn on some Barry White and get freaky - I should not have done that... some things you cannot unsee...

    Looks like I will have to get a few more females for him to woo, for now he will be separated from the chickens.
     

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