ducks attack duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by frosty greg, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. frosty greg

    frosty greg New Egg

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    we have 4 Mallard ducks had them from ducklings now 3 are ganging up on 1 duck and attacking it violently what can we do. we have separated them at the moment but we need a permanent solution can anybody help.. whats going on ????
    frosty
     
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  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    How many of them are males? Is the one being picked on the only female?
     
  3. frosty greg

    frosty greg New Egg

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    Hi COF,
    All 4 are ducks none are drakes
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    If you are positive they are all four ducks and no drakes try splitting them two and two in seperate pens
     
  5. frosty greg

    frosty greg New Egg

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    Hi COF,
    what is causing this behavior do you know? and i will try paired seperation
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Usually it's flock dynamics they out grow. If mixed genders the males will all try and breed any female available.
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 Muscovy, 4 hens 1 drake. There was a time when the 3 brown hens would beat up on the black/white hen. They would not allow her to hang out with them etc. This started when they were about 6 months old, they are about 7-8 months old now and typically get along. It may resolve on its own, they are sorting out who is on the top and bottom of the totem poll. Duck fights can appear violent to us but if there are actual injuries involved I would definitely intervene. You could just separate them as Celtic suggested.
     

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