hello question about my ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by shellsbells, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. shellsbells

    shellsbells New Egg

    Jan 28, 2015
    Hi everyone I know this is a chicken forum but I found lots of questions about ducks while searching Google for an answer about mine, so am hoping there is someone who can help me with my dilemma? I have kept ducks for 5years now and thought I knew everything about them. But I am a little stumped and can't seem to find an answer anywhere to my problem. Right here's a very quick history. I had in total 13 ducks at the most we had 5 babies which had 3 males which over ran our amount of females so rehomed 2 of the baby males and had only 3 males left to the rest female as times gone by we've lost females and now have only 3 females left and 3 males, we don't want anymore we decided just to allow them to live their Lives out now but the attacks on our females from the males got so bad we have had to separate them, they've been separated for almost 8months and all the males get along fine had bit of a peckin. Order at first but all settled after few weeks. The females seemed fine too but recently one of the other females has been what looks like raping another female. I know she is definitely a female as she lays eggs we always have 3 a day and she quacks. I wouldn't be so concerned but it's my little khaki Campbell who I've had 5yrs and is her mother that she is doing it too and she has really ragged her she has no feathers left on the back of her head and is obviously looking very unhappy. I'm scared she will end up killing her. Which was the whole point of why we'd separated them in the first place as the males had gang raped one of our white Campbells and killed her which is exactly what we want to avoid. I really really would love some help on this matter and any advice on what I can do. I'm very attached to her she is such a character usually.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England

    Ducks can really confound us.

    I would try separating the duck who is attacking the other one, just divide the pen with temporary fence so they can see each other but not touch.

    Deal with the injuries on the older duck, give her some time in a lukewarm tub of water, give her some extra treats, a few pieces of dry cat kibble, maybe some flaxseed, poultry vitamins, things that will give her a boost.

    Several people here report that just separating short-term adjusts the dynamic and behavior problems sort themselves out.
  3. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 5, 2013

    I agree you'll want to separate your aggressor and tend to the injured one. I've heard of females acting like males without a male in their group. Is there a chance you could add one male to the female group and see how things turn out?
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Our Runners hop on top of each other all the time, but it's all in fun - no one gets hurt.
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    You've received some good advice already! Good luck with your ducks.
  6. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2014
    Western NC
    I agree, try placing a boy in with the girls.

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