Duckling bullying

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lauren818, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. lauren818

    lauren818 New Egg

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    Hi there, I have 3 ducklings (2 are 1 week old, the other is 2 weeks old). When I brought the older duckling home she had a companion but the companion died :(. So I put her in with my baby chicks so she wouldn't be alone. I just tried putting her in with the newer ducklings and she likes to corner them and bite them in the back and wings, so I put her back in with the chicks. In fear of her hurting the younger ducklings. Is duckling dominance normal? Should I continue to separate them? Thanks in advance! I am new to this duckling thing :)
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks to me,are differnt when it coems to the pecking order,to them it is non-existant.My ducks fight each other all the time.But,the duckling is letting them knwo she boss,she probably going in for the kill.
     
  3. lauren818

    lauren818 New Egg

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    So keeping them separate is a must then? I don't want her to kill them! [​IMG]
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @lauren818 Can you put something between your older duckling and the 2 younger ones where they can see each other but not get hurt. usually after about a week or less of doing this they get use to one another and merge. You could even try after a few days to let them be together and give some treats to keep them busy [all the time they are together you are there] meal worms makes for yummy treats that will keep their attention off each other. {Be sure anytime giving treats other than their crumble that they have some chick grit they can use to help grind up their treats. Separate bowl from feed.
     
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