Hens and duck living together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ctaynton, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. ctaynton

    ctaynton Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay I have 15 hens living with one female duck. The duck was hatched by one of the hens. Everyone has got along well and the duck is laying an egg a day along with the chickens. She lives in the same coop and free ranges with the chickens because we have a pond for her. BUT, just in the last few days, about 5 of the hens have started flogging and pecking the ducks head. The poor duck minds her buisness and the hens just run up and start attacking her. I am afraid that if I am not around they will kill her. Does anyone know why all of the sudden with nothing changing, the hens would start attacking my duck? I don't want to get rid of her! I love her eggs for baking and she is fun! Any advice?
     
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I would get the duck a friend, like another duck. Ducks like the company of other ducks.
     

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