- Apr 27, 2009
I'm in a hurry for your opinions and advice on this so I'm going to make a long story short. I have a sexually aggressive mallard drake that typical sleeps in same fenced area as female Tufted Duck. Last night, the drake was trying to mate with anything on 2 legs so I put outside the fence, away from my chickens and geese as well as his normal ,bed partners. This morning lour tufted hen is GONE! Thinking that a fox had gotten in and taken her, I was real surprised later to see her by the lake with the others! She was injured. Her feathers were missing all the way around her neck leaving about a one inch gap and there was lots of dry blood all the way around her neck as well. The injury looks as if it was just deep deep enough to cause all the bleeding. This evening she seems to be getting and fine and her usual self. Two questions: is it possible that the drake banned to stay outside the Premiere poultry fence grabbed her and inflicted this much damage or should I be looking for another predator. other predators are around as I have come up missing an adult Peking and an adult large hen in the past month. second question. Do I need to try to clean the wound and put Blue kote or something on it? If so what would you suggest? She looks terrible (blood) but seems to be feeling fine. Thanks for your help!