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How to add another duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sandy sea, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two female pekin ducks around 2 years old. I would like to get another one. Ok to just add one duck or do I have to get two? I only want females. I would love to add just one crested. What age would be the best to add?
     
  2. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone???? I was thinking about going to get one tomorrow?
     
  3. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    I went and got one today, around the same age as mine, and just put them together. I stayed out and watched them most of the day, in case they started picking on him and I needed to seperate them. I guess ducks are more peaceful than chickens though, and everyone got along fine (once a few of my bossy hens let him know who was boss, silly silkies, lol) That has been my only experience adding new ducks, so I would say just make sure you can watch them and be prepared to intercept if there are issues. Good luck!
     
  4. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I added new ducks they were younger than the ducks I have already, to avoid injury I kept them separated in an area of the yard they could all see one another but not get to one another for a week. I used a rabbit hutch that I put right up against the big ducks' house.
    After a week of them all seeing one another I let the ducklings out in the duck yard. While one drake was very good with them I had a pair that went after them - a lot.
    I gave them another week in the hutch and then moved the hutch into the large duck house. When the ducklings were big enough to hold their own I locked them all in the duck pen together. The pair were still bullies, but not like chickens are. It took 2 days in their duck house to settle their differences.
    I would say, while most ducks are better than chickens at pecking order, not all are little angels when you bring a new duck into the mix. I think this is especially true when you have a small number of ducks and there is a chance they will have to compete for the affection of their girls.
     

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