Ducky politics or hormones?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckNoobie, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. DuckNoobie

    DuckNoobie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,
    I've had my Appleyard drake and a hen for over a year now and decided to get a call duck in November. A call duck drake is all they had so i got him. I slowly introduced the call duck to the other two and at first they pecked at him (because he's small) and chased him around but then they got used to him and lived happily together. I keep my call duck in the garage at night as its cold and the other 2 live outside, so the Appleyards only see the call duck during the days.
    It finally is the mating season and a few days ago my hen started laying eggs (which she doesn't sit on). The call duck never made moves on the hen and he's not interested in her AT ALL, however the Appleyard drake started chasing him around more and more each day but was never able to fully catch him as the call duck is fast. The other day he did catch him and held him in his beak while jostling him around, I ran to separate the two so nobody was hurt. I put the call duck back into his pen in the garage and haven't combined all three ducks since.

    My question is- is my appleyard drake acting like this because he's trying to protect his hen (even though the call duck has no interest in her) OR did the call duck upset the drake somehow (and this should settle in a few days)?? I do want them to coexist together.

    Let me know your thoughts,
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I would keep them separated until later in the year when hormone levels start to decrease. Right now the larger drake is protecting his 'territory' and could harm or potentially kill the call drake.
     
  3. Vosh Sahaal

    Vosh Sahaal Out Of The Brooder

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    Pretty much. My Rouen has been beating up on my muscovies and appleyards lately.
     
  4. DuckNoobie

    DuckNoobie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so sad that i have to keep them apart.....my call duck is all alone :(
    Thanks for the tips everyone!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Here's a solution. Get a call duck hen. [​IMG]


    Yeah, I'm an enabler.
     
  6. DuckNoobie

    DuckNoobie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahah, hey those things are LOUD! I'm kinda happy that I ended up with a drake, you can barely hear him when he calls out! lol.[​IMG]

    I actually have been looking around for a call hen, but nobody's got any to sell at the moment. They are rare in Canada, from what I was told...
     
  7. DuckNoobie

    DuckNoobie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better idea! I should just have a "bring your duck to work" day...everyday! Hahahah [​IMG]
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A mallard hen might also make a good companion/mate.
     

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