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
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Duck Trouble

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kealetem, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. kealetem

    kealetem New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Jul 21, 2007
    My female duck hatched 9 ducklings on June 10th. The male duck became very aggressive, chasing them and pulling out feathers. I removed him from the enclosure but I am wondering when or if it will be safe to put him back in. I have tried to reintroduce him now that the ducklings are bigger but he constantly chases them and tries to mount the females. It seems like he is trying to get the ducklings away from the mother, but he doesn't try to mount her. I have tried to put just the female and the male together, but she stresses out about being away from the babies.
    Help, is this normal? What should I do?
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

    32,242
    919
    491
    Jan 11, 2007
    Washington State
    That is very normal. Your drake should be separated from the rest until the babies are fully feathered and just about grown. Let the mom raise her babies alone. The drake will be fine. He may moom around the fenceline, but he will be ok apart from the rest for a while. Drakes are terrible fathers. They don't help with the raising of the ducklings like ganders do with goslings. It is just not in their nature.
     
  3. kealetem

    kealetem New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Jul 21, 2007
    Will he eventually mate with his off-spring?
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

    32,242
    919
    491
    Jan 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Yes he will. Drakes are not particular about such things. [​IMG]
     
  5. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    oh my gosh![​IMG]

    My duck has eggs due to hatch while I'm on vacation, and I hadn't even considered the male might try to hurt them!

    YIKES!

    So, I need to get another quick coop and separate them! Yikes....vaca is 6days away!

    She just had to go broody on me when I wouldn't be around! [​IMG]
     
  6. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    My Drake helped raise the ducklings. My geese even helped! So I think it just depends on the Drake, but its best to be safe.
     
  7. FrankBlissett

    FrankBlissett Chillin' With My Peeps

    112
    0
    139
    Jan 30, 2007
    Our experience thusfar for our first set of babies (fathers' day!):

    The probable sire rejoined the duck, ignoring the babies. Since then he seems to have figured out she wasn't putting out anymore and he spends most of his time with the rest of the bevy. Our big rouen drake will ignore the ducklings, but is relentless in trying to mate with their mother (we're going to try to rehome him at this year's county fair). Our other campbell drake seems to largely ignore them.

    We also got five rouen ducklings, ~2 weeks older then ours, this spring. When they were set free, they picked on the younger ducklings for a while, and were in turn picked on by the mother duck. Just part of figuring out the pecking order, IMHO.

    -Frank
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by