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General (male Pekin) -- mating too much. When will it stop?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Rlstewardson, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Rlstewardson

    Rlstewardson New Egg

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    So glad to have somewhere to ask questions like this. ;o)

    Fluffy (Pekin female) is a loving duck we got from the Royal Melbourne Show (Australia) last year in August at 2 weeks old. At the same time we got a Khaki Campbell female who was sadly taken by a fox around March this year -- yes, in inner city Melbourne!!. Fluffy was very lonely and very quacky (problematic as we live in an inner suburb of Melbourne) and a mirror didn't solve her lonliness problem (although she does like to sit with her pretend friend!). In May this year we got two more 1 day old ducklings, Zhu Zhu (female Khaki Campbell) and General for company and possible breeding. Once they were big enough we put them all together and, as expected, Zhu Zhu and General tend to stick together with Fluffy on the outer of their social group.

    When mating seaston started around a month ago General started doing his thing, which Zhu Zhu just puts up with. Fluffy, on the other hand, tends to try to get away and as a result General has ripped out a long line of the feathers on the back of her head and down her neck to the point at which she had a red raw area there. At that stage we separated the girls and the boy and only had them together under supervision. Any sign of interest and General gets chased away from Fufly.

    We can manage this for a short while (can cope with a season) but our relatively small set up is not equipt to manage this forever -- he is penned up for much longer than I like, and besides, he misses his Zhu Zhu. Is this an activity that is usually limited to 'mating season' or, now that he's an adult (?), is this going to go on idefinitely?

    Many thanks in advance for any advice.

    Robyn
     
  2. Rlstewardson

    Rlstewardson New Egg

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    Sorry! My browser seemed to crash when I posted this message (and I had been having issues with this site which is why I copied my text -- thank goodness!!) so I reposted. Can't see how to delete this one. Please post any replies to the other one.

    Many thanks. ;o)
     

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