Help my rooster is trying to mate with my ducks

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  1. flwrldy

    flwrldy Songster

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    I have a 13 week old easter egger rooster, named Rocky. He started crowing at about 10 weeks old, then about a week ago, probably last week or so, he started trying to mate with my two hen ducks, both khaki Campbell's and also 13 weeks old. He doesn't try to mate with the hens, just the ducks. It makes them so mad too! They both peck at his feet and his legs when he does that ..
    Is he just young and dumb, or just dumb? Anyone know if this is normal behavior?
    Thanks
     
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    I think it's because the ducks are sexually matured and the hens aren't so he mates with them instead.

    Chickens aren't the brightest animals so that's another reason too.
     
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  3. flwrldy

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    Even though the ducks aren't laying eggs yet?
     
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    They will be soon then very soon.
     
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    Awesome! I figured they wouldn't be laying until after the chickens started laying. I don't even know why I thought that lol I never even researched it. That's awesome! Thank you. What's funny is, that my other rooster which is a white crested Polish named Popover, love love loves the ducks. If he's not where he can see them, and vice versa, because they love him too, they all go crazy. The funny thing is he's been crowing since about the same time as my big guy Rocky, and he's never tried to do anything to anybody LOL Thank God! He also has Wrey tail I think it's called, so I don't want him to mate. Not sure as of yet what I'm going to do about him.
     
  6. aart

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    Not likely...in fact, highly UNlikely.

    Young cockerels will try to mate anything once the hormones start to to flow,
    they don't know mature from not like an adult cockbird would.
    Probably goes for the ducks cause they are an easier target, lower and slower.

    Might need to separate him until the chicken pullets are laying to give the girls a break.
    Having multiple males can cause even more chaos due to the competitive scenario.
    Not sure what your goals are or your housing is like,
    but I'd say you need to assess the situation.
    Are all your ducks female?
    Male ducks can physically injure a chicken pullet/hen as they have different 'equipment' than male chickens.

    FYI.....semantics, maybe, but can be important communication terms when discussing chicken behavior.
    Female chickens are called pullets until one year of age, then they are called hens.
    Male chickens are called cockerels until one year of age, then they are called cocks(or cockbirds or roosters).
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Your poor Duck hens if they are hens?....Are sitting Ducks really to your Randy Cockerel...You might need a plan B in housing the Ducks..?....Ducks hate stress just as much as chickens do....If you have a Drake?...He can injure or kill a chicken if he breeds it...
    I would have two separate pens.....I do here for my Chickens and my Ducks....
     
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  8. flwrldy

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    Good info! Thank you. I only have two hens and no drake. We are almost done with the new coop and run. It should all be finished by this Saturday, so I'll leave the two ducks in the old coop once it's done. It's new too, but smaller.
     
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    Good info! Thank you. I only have two hens and no drake. We are almost done with the new coop and run. It should all be finished by this Saturday, so I'll leave the two ducks in the old coop once it's done. It's new too, but smaller.
     
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    Update! So they are going to be a-year-old my chickens and ducks, this week. My rooster still mates my ducks and so does the other female duck. At least it thinks it is.. I know they’re both hens because they both lay eggs.. one egg each every day. They’re Khaki Campbells.. It’s a mad poultry world.
     

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