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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jessica89, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys..
    I have been keeping a close eye on my ducks and the mating 'rituals' are getting worse.

    Two drakes are ganging up on one of the females and pecking at her eyes.

    I don't want to sell any of the drakes as they are pets but when I seperate one.. he gets distressed because he is on his own,

    What should I do ?:( I can't bare to watch it... Why is duck mating so cruel and aggressive?!
     
  2. Roy31

    Roy31 Out Of The Brooder

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    How many hens do you have?
     
  3. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two hens and two drakes but they only focus on one hen ?
     
  4. Roy31

    Roy31 Out Of The Brooder

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    My advice is to get 2 more hens if you don't want to get rid of a male. If they keep picking on her, there is a possible chance they could kill her
     
  5. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put the 2 males together and the 2 females together so they leave her alone. That way he isn't by himself.
     
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  6. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I can seperate them in the day but I can't at night as they are all housed together.
    Will they be ok at night time?

    I am going to get another two hens too and see if she gets a break.
    Can't believe how cruel they are.. horrible ducks!!! :mad:
     
  7. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't count on nighttime being better if they always go after her. You can try it but keep checking on them to make sure she is okay. Also be warned that 2 more females may not be enough. If it doesn't work out you need a back up plan of either running 2 flocks or rehoming him. My drake has 5 girls and he is very hormonal right now and would not feel comfortable with more than just him.
     
  8. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eeek... Maybe I do have to rehome him but he has grown up with a hen and he gets really upset if he seperate them.

    I can't afford to build another coop right now either.. If i seperate them in the day.. they might humbug even more at night?

    Poor little angel.

    I will try another 2 hens and see how it goes then will hvae to look at rehoming him :(
     
  9. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any way to put up a temporary fence inside their house so they can still be separated at night? It doesn't have to be fancy, just some chicken wire or a big board or something to keep the girls safe? I would still worry they will injure her overnight. :/
     
  10. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That could work actually... I will ask my dad when he gets in if he can make something.

    It's really upsetting.. I don't understand how they can be so nasty with her. Im forevre chasing them off her with a stick like a mad woman!
     

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