1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Dead chickens, scared ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by windomducks123, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. windomducks123

    windomducks123 Hatching

    3
    0
    7
    Jul 25, 2014
    So the dog from across the section came over into my barn and killed all my fat chicken. The dog only killed my chickens and left my 4 rouens and 2 geese alive. this happened about 3 weeks ago. now my ducks a completely scared of me. is there a good way to let them know that i am the good one and will not harm them. My chickens are about 4 months old and were starting to come around me and not be afraid and then this happens and mess all my work up.
     
  2. pawabovefarms

    pawabovefarms In the Brooder

    10
    1
    23
    Mar 8, 2014
    Oak Harbor, WA
    How old are the ducks? If they are same age as the chickens they could be going through their "teen-age" phase. During this time they can and often are especially nervous and flighty.

    Try to spend as much time in there with them as you can. I suggest sitting down and talking very calmly to them, while offering yummy treats. I gave mine lots of fresh veggies by hand, would toss them slugs I picked from the garden, and even meal worms. Needless to say, I became the goddess of food, and seen in a much happier light. They still can be quite flighty at times, but so long as I move slowly, talk softly and calmly, they will let me approach and sometimes pick them up with little hassle. If I sit or squat down they will approach me, and frequently follow me around as I work around in their yard (mostly because I think they are gobbling up whatever bigs I stir up in the process).

    Sorry to hear about your loss, but be patient and in time they should turn around a be ok.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: