Help.! Ducks and chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by katherinerose14, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. katherinerose14

    katherinerose14 In the Brooder

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    Hi. I have 1 rooster, 4 hens, and 2 ducks living together. They have all been living together for about 8 months. Recently my ducks have started attacking my chickens. Trying to push them into the water. And teaming up and pulling my chickens and plucking their feathers out of their heads. I dont know what to do. I cant build a sepreate home for them. And i dont want to get rid of them.
     
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    If you separate them for a few days to a week, when they come back the ducks will be at the bottom of the pecking order. They can stay in a large dog cage (depending on how many ducks you have) or an X-Pen. If you see the ducks bullying the chickens, one thing you can do is shake a tin can filled with pennies and pebbles immediately when they begin to pick on them. They hate the noise and will stop what they are doing to see what it is. Also, where is the pond? If it is in the same run as the chickens, it would be best if you relocated it. Chickens should be kept in a dry environment, unless you're free ranging and the pond is simply nearby.
    Good luck!
     
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  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Unfortunately male ducks can be very hard on hens, and have been known to overbreed them to death. Do you have female ducks, and enough of them for the males to be contented? I would certainly recommend separating them before one of the hens is injured.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

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    [​IMG]. If you have a drake trying to breed your chickens then you need to separate them immediately. Ducks and chickens have very different reproductive systems. A drake will cause serious damage to your hens vent and can kill her.
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, katherinerose14, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! I don't have much advice to offer so I'll just say best wishes.
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If you have drakes, they are likely to kill your hens by breeding them. You may have to choose one or the other if your pen space is limited. Good luck, and welcome to BYC.
     
  9. katherinerose14

    katherinerose14 In the Brooder

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    I dont beleive they are breeding them. I have seen them even try and pick on the rooster. And ive only witnessed them picking on my hens once. They try and pluck feathers out but ive never seen them try and breed them If i got a female duck would it help?
     

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