Hi all! I have had 2 male ducks (a Pekin, Aflac and a crested white, Q-Tip) that get along famously for the last year. This spring break, we got 3 Pekin (or Pekin cross) ducklings and raised them with the idea of hopefully having females who would lay eggs for us. It turned out we have 2 females (Nibbles and Sweet Pea) and 1 male, Siren. They are 10 weeks now. We were aware that we would have a male-female imbalance problem and planned initially to slaughter any male we turned out to have in the new group, but figured we could separate if needed. My poor 10 year old son is currently very sad about about the idea of doing away with Siren, so we have that on the back burner and may give it up entirely. We moved the ducklings outside about 4 weeks ago into a run and coop within the other duck's larger yard. My hope was to separate them and allow visual contact long enough that uniting the groups wouldn't be such a big deal. I have tried opening the gate between the yards a few minutes then hours at a time and the result is consistently that my dominant drake Aflac, who lives in the larger yard, attacks males and females alike, very viciously, and with some support from his buddy Q-Tip, who is less aggressive. At first, I let it go on, hoping that as long as no one was seriously hurt, they'd establish dominance and move on to harmonious living, at least until the females were sexually mature. But, after hours on the 3rd or 4th attempt, I saw my 3 young guys all huddled up in a corner, not being allowed the use of their pond or access to their food, and put them back into their run. For the moment, I've given up merging the groups. The new ones seemed so stressed and unhappy they wouldn't even come out of their coop the first half of the day I had closed the gate again. The problem is that the temporary run we set up for the new guys is just not big enough and they are stinking it up too fast in our current 90 degree weather, a problem I really have never had in my larger space before. I have thrown down lots of straw to cover their run (and a lot of the yard, since they've murdered the grass). I'd really like to figure out if there is a way to ease them into being together so that they can all have more space and am open to any other suggestions as to how to prevent stinkiness and generally improve the situation. Any ideas?