Ducks meeting????

blayt90

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I have four khaki Campbell ducklings that are about 3 1/2 weeks old. As a test run I released one of my ducklings into the larger pen with my adult ducks. My males both tried to bite the duckling on the neck. I removed the duckling very quick. Would the males have killed the duckling and why?they have been in the pen with my adults but separated for a few days now.
 

CarleeAnn

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The males were probably trying to mate the duckling and because they are so small, it would have been fatal. Keep the ducklings in a “howdy box” where they can become accustomed to each other without physical contact- like a wire dog crate, or just fence separating them. They probably shouldn’t be integrated until older though, I’m sure someone will be along soon with a better suggestion to appropriate meeting age.
 

blayt90

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The males were probably trying to mate the duckling and because they are so small, it would have been fatal. Keep the ducklings in a “howdy box” where they can become accustomed to each other without physical contact- like a wire dog crate, or just fence separating them. They probably shouldn’t be integrated until older though, I’m sure someone will be along soon with a better suggestion to appropriate meeting age.
They are in the same large pen but separated by a temporary fence.
 

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