All I was saying is that it can sneak up anytime, and you want to be on top of it when it does. We have to be pretty hands-on managing the flock from April-ish through early September(ish).my muscovies are young and will not breed before march/april. the others will be about 1 year old at that time.
All I was saying is that it can sneak up anytime, and you want to be on top of it when it does. We have to be pretty hands-on managing the flock from April-ish through early September(ish).
I've been thinking about Daphne's situation and I can't come up with any more solutions.My current flock of three has been together for 2 and 1/2 years. Daphne (Rouen hen) is one of the first ducks that came into my life 3 years ago. My two Muscovy hens came later after Daphne’s friend Margie the Pekin passed away. Daphne is now 5 years old. Her “sisters” are now 2 and 1/2. They have been a good happy flock with momentary moments of conflict arising due to hormones, molting, or boredom. However, there’s been a recent shift in the hierarchy, and Daphne is now solidly at the bottom! I fear this could become an unsafe situation based off of my observations as of late. Daphne seems more fragile, and I think her sisters know it. In the world of fowl, it seems any weakness is an invitation for attack.
What do I do? I’m attached to everyone at this point, but something needs to change. Do I
1) Provide Daphne with her own safe place to stay in alone in times of danger? Problem: she would be alone, and it seems like it’s punishing her for something that’s not her fault.
2) Find Daphne a new Mallard-derived friend? This risks a new hen becoming a victim too. Also, there’s the usual health risks to adding someone new. Also, hens are harder to find.
3) Ditch the ‘Scovies AND find Daphne newMallard-derived friends? I’m attached to the ‘Scovy girls too, and I don’t want them to become meat.
4) Give Daphne away? She’s fragile and has ongoing reproductive issues that require veterinary care.
Please help with any ideas you might have. I really hate to see Daphne in this situation!
Any way you might have a rescue close by that might have an older domestic female? And possibly have Daphne and her have their own quarters to get bonded? My Muscovy females are much more temperamental than my Runners an Buffs and can be quite testy to them. And to each other also.
Have you tried looking on Petfinder? Where I live I can always find ducks in the bird section on Petfinder.There don’t appear to be any at rescues nearby, but I have officially put the word out on the “Front Porch Forum”, which is a neighborhood online daily newsletter of sorts, that I am looking for 1-2 older mallard-derived hens. I can create separate quarters for quarantine + areas to get to know each other without touching within the barn. For now, Daphne is in the stall, while the ‘Scovettes are outside the stall in the main barn. They have respected her space and, while they do roost on the walls on the stall, they are leaving her alone. She is a bit beat up, but is her usual spunky and loud self. I’m hoping that someone will have older girls that no longer lay many eggs that they are willing to regime. We will see!
Edited to add: My Muscovy girls are definitely feisty! There’s a reason they were nicknamed Goon 1 and Goon 2 in the beginning. Most of the time, however, it can be managed. I certainly don’t blame them for being who they are. I just think that Daphne needs backup on “Team Mallard-Derived”.