Do ducks have a pecking order?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickensioux, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I have 2 muskovies (both fe) and one seems to pick on the other on occasion. Sometimes getting on her back almost like breeding. What is she doing?
  2. TheDuckCrew

    TheDuckCrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    dominance. ducks do have a pecking order, it was pretty noticable in my since they started getting a little older. as long as they don't full out fight, they should be fine.
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Any flock, herd, pack has something like pecking order. The most dominate animal is the leader and it goes right down the line. Any member that can't fit into the pecking order might become a outcast which usually leads to an early death.
    One muscovy hen on top of another may look like mating but it is usually the one on the top driving home that she is dominate to the one on the bottom. Two hens fighting looks a lot like a cock fight since the main weapon is the sharp claws used for perching. A lot of physical damage may result to both birds so it is better if one submits.
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Yup, they have a pecking order. One of my Khaki hens is at the bottom of it. My drake will shove her around with his bill, and she has a few little bald patches from him.
  5. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    OH yes! I just added 2 smaller ducks to my 5 and they definitely let them know who's the boss. See my website for more. After a few days they have let up on the newbies, but it did scare me a bit at first! I think that's just the way it is in nature and, of course, with brothers and sisters ;-)

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