I have 3 pekins (2 ducks, 1 drake) that we hatched from fertilized eggs (we have the parents too) almost 7 weeks ago. I've been putting the ducklings outside in a pen separate from their parents (and another runner duck we have) during the day and bringing them in at night, but it's so mild for November, that I thought I would let them into the larger pen with the other ducks tonight, and I've always heard it's better to introduce them at night. Immediately, the father went after one of his daughters - I assume to rape her as he did with the female runner when we introduced her to the flock. However, I'm pretty sure he would harm a 7-week old if he goes after her. I separated him from the others - he's not too happy and neither are his two original girls - the female pekin who is the mother of the ducklings and the runner. This is a very long-winded way of asking whether there is a way to reintroduce the drake into the main pen without him harming the ducklings. The pen is also shared with chickens whom he has always ignored. Is there an age when the ducklings can defend themselves against a full grown (and rather meaty) male? Is there a way to integrate the flock without him hurting the ducklings? Sigh. Thanks for any help on this - I've looked at a lot of other threads, but no one seems to actually give any advice other than getting rid of the drake. Most of the threads say, "oh yeah, that's happening with my ducks too".