Help! My ducks are isolating one duck, is she okay?

nickcole

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Nov 4, 2015
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I have 7 ducklings that are 6 weeks old females. Just yesterday 6 of them have all started to run away from 1 of the ducks. They won't let her near them for anything and sometimes they chase her away if she happens to be close. They have always all gotten along well as a group and the one they are isolating is a nice one.

Do they sense something that is causing them to isolate her? Could she be sick? Did she do something to offend them all as a group? These are my first ducks and I am worried about her. I don't see any signs of illness, but I don't know what else it could be? Should I attempt to reunite them all or just let them work it out? Thanks for any advice!
 

AzDeb

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Mar 19, 2016
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So sad that they would do that! ... sounds like bratty teenage girls! Hopefully they'll outgrow it. I haven't had that, but I have had a mean chick just get meaner the older it got!
Good luck with them!
 

Amiga

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I would try splitting the group temporarily - you'll need to watch to make sure things remain calm, but I would put one or two calmer ducklings in with the outcast. Then a couple days later, see if they all get along differently.

Also - if you can get a stool sample to a vet, have that checked out for anything unusual-looking, and do keep an eye on her...

But it could just be ducklings being knuckleheads.
 

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