Our saga.... We have 5 ducks, 1 male and 4 females. One of the females, Maggie, is the mother of the other four (hatched in April). Maggie is a pet duck (imprinted on me). The others are tame-ish, but not pet ducks. Maggie lives indoors at night and is outside with the other ducks during the day. (They live in an outside duck house at night.) However, another one of the females, Beepbeep, who was and is the runt of the litter and is definitely smaller than the others is having real trouble fitting in, particularly lately. Beepbeep is more tame than the others and sort of straddles the two camps of pet/not a pet duck. When Beepbeep was down with the other ducks at night we noticed that she was looking very much the worse for wear in the mornings, with broken and ruffled feathers. We tried seperating her in the duck house at night, but each morning we would find them all together somehow and more ruffled feathers. She started trying to get away at night when it was time to herd the others in, showing definite signs of not wanting to join the others. So, we took her into the house to protect her whilst we tried to work out a solution. She then got broody and started laying eggs in a nesting box we put together for her and then sat. We had hopes that her having her own ducklings would mean she would have others to live with/protect her/etc, eg. she would fit in better. (This is what worked with Maggie.) Unfortunately the eggs turned out not to be incubated (possibly too young or wrong time of year). (A successful brooding is still a hope for the future for her.) The brooding cycle has just ended and we tried once again to put her down with the others at night. She was picked on even worse than before, possibly because of the weight loss during the brooding. She is currently tiny, but we are working on building her weight back up. She is a smart little thing and has always been very good at staying, and wanting to stay, with the flock during the day, whilst also staying out of the way of getting pecked. She has worked out how to make sure she gets food and time in the water and so on without being hurt. But at night, confined in the duck house (which is about 3 foot by 6 foot), she has no where to escape too. We now have her in a temporary little house outside our cottage at night while we hurry to come up with a solution as she absolutely hates the isolation. As a flock animal, this is not surprising. So, what to do? A: I have considered finding her a new home, but as she is so small I suspect she would just have the same problem elsewhere with other ducks. B: Her preference is to be in our house, safe and with lots of others even if not ducks, but as she is not an imprinted duck we find it difficult to have her inside at night. Maggie grew up in the house and has her places and routines, but Beepbeep is still very much more on the wild side and chaos often ensues. Not to mention Maggie is almost worse than the other ducks at bullying Beepbeep, given half a chance. C: Get another male, or two, in hopes that she mates/finds herself a protector - though our worry here is that as she is so small, eg the runt, she will not be of interest to any males we get as they would probably prefer the others. We did have a wild male join our flock for a few days. He was a small drake, but still didn't take any interest in Beepbeep. D: I am thinking the best solution is creating a permanent seperate area for her in the duck house is the answer, as she definitely prefers company over being alone. So something where she can see them, but not be with them and they can't get to her. Any thoughts, suggestions, recommendations? We want to do what is best for our little Beepbeep.