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Duck "attacking" my dog

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 4 MimisPeeps, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. 4 MimisPeeps

    4 MimisPeeps In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2012
    Stamford, CT
    Last weekend I got two new ducks (reportedly 1 & 2 yrs old). Since then, whenever I let my dog out back my khaki drake (6 months old) runs over and starts biting at the dog. The dog has been okay around the ducks & my 10 chickens up until now but I am worried that she might "turn" and bite the duck. When I have seen it happening I shoo the duck & try to reassure the dog but am worried a bit. Any suggestions?

  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    They need time to get used to each other. Your ducks are displaying prey behavior and are reacting to what they see as a threat. You shouldn't let your dog, even if tiny, around them unless leashed until you are 100% sure they are okay.

    The ducks may never allow the dog near them as they weren't raised with it. If your dog reacts to the duck's "threat" then your chickens could be at risk since sometimes dogs realize that birds make great squeaky toys.

    I would seperate the ducks from everyone until they are used to your home and keep the dog away.

    Best of luck.
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