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Ducks picking on chickens

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MommaSampson, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. MommaSampson

    MommaSampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks have starting pecking and pulling feathers on my chickens! They're both girls and one grew up with the chickens I have so it's not that they're new. The second duck I've had for a few weeks but she's never paid any attention to them other than feeding time. Anyone have any advice or experience with this?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What are you feeding them? How long has this been going on?
     
  3. MommaSampson

    MommaSampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cracked corn plus they run free in the yard so they forage too. I just noticed it today.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Cracked corn is not a complete diet. They could be pulling the feathers to supplement a deficiency. Are they eating the feathers?
     
  5. MommaSampson

    MommaSampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No just pulling. What else do they need for a complete diet?
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Where are the feathers being pulled from? Have they tried to mount your chickens?


    I would still give them access to some form of poultry feed especially any laying birds. Laying eggs takes a lot out of them and their bodies can quickly use up certain nutrients for egg production. Since they are free ranging they probably will not need as much feed as penned birds would need.
     
  7. MommaSampson

    MommaSampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the tail region. They aren't laying that I'm aware. I've not seen any eggs laying around.
     

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