Introducing young (new) ducks to older ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lovemeduckins, May 5, 2010.

  1. haileebucket

    haileebucket In the Brooder

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    I have six 5 month old Swedish and Cayuga ducks, one Drake and 5 females. My husband found a baby chicken on the side of the road and brought him home so of course we had to get him a buddy. So I found the Pekin Mallard mix duckling. And I have been keeping them in the yard during the day in a round pen together. At night I've been keeping them in the duck house separated from the other ducks using wired mesh. The chicken will jump out and follow the Ducks around at a distance. Sometimes they will nip at him but have never actually hurt him. My duckling is getting close to the size of the larger ducks and is fully feathered but doesn't quite have a quack yet. My question is when is a good time to put them together and how could I do it also what could I expect to happen and when should I intervene? I have put the little duck with the bigger and they chased him pulled out his feathers. last time they just grabbed his neck the male and one female but I intervened.
     
  2. courtneybella

    courtneybella Hatching

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    Hello! I've got a spoiled 5 month old mallard. I had four eggs and he was the only one who made it through the hatching process. It took a while to get another duck to accompany him. At about 2 months, we introduced a pekin and the mallard was scared of him/her. Eventually, the two became best friends. Sadly, the pekin suddenly died of heart problems. So I brought in two beautiful female buff orpingtons. Ever since they were small, the mallard has hated them. Now, they are a month and a half old and about full size, bigger than him, and he still bullies them. He constantly chases them out of his pond. And when there is food around, forget it. The mallard rips feathers from them and bites them. Currently, they are living in the same pen but I split the pen in half with a baby gate. Is there any way we can get them to like each other faster? They've been together for 2 weeks now and the mallard still hates the girls. What can I do to make them all friends ?
     
  3. sjbtigger19

    sjbtigger19 In the Brooder

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    We have a coop and run with 9 chickens...how would you go about introducing our babies?
    --> we have one call duck, one Roen duck, and two bantam cochin chickens who are best friends...
    Should we just keep them separate?



    Thanks!!!

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
  4. quackers619

    quackers619 Songster

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    That is one of the cutest pictures I have seen
     
  5. BeamMeUpScotty

    BeamMeUpScotty In the Brooder

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    @ 3mo my girls are still harassed by the year old drakes. They've been in the coup for about 5 wks, but in a brooder. Let them out of that about 3wks ago. Separated at night, free range by day. Runners. I have a 1yo Chinese goose with the drakes, a pair of 3mo with the ducks. They are not socializing yet, but at last the babies are venturing out, first the coup, now the run. Very delayed because of the drakes...but once the gander realizes what he is, I think things will settle. Or not.
    My young goose is very attached to me. Everyone else just puts up with me because they need me.
     
  6. Yukonn15

    Yukonn15 Chirping

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    Thank you for the input I've been trying to figure out when to reunite our mama and now two six week old babies with our other drake and female. I think I'll wait a little longer. We were allowing our group be fore babies to go to the small pond behind the horses stable, they were adorable to watch waddling around. They always came back to the enclosure, but we found out that foxes hunt all the time, anytime, middle of the day and in the pouring rain. We lost one of our girls that day. I caught that scoundrel killing my girl and I rescued her but it was too late. Needless to say they all have to stay in the enclosure now. An old trick did work so the fox wouldn't climb over the fence ad try again. I turned on a radio in the chicken coop, the sound of people voices does a wonderful job of keeping predators away.
     
  7. Yav

    Yav In the Brooder

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    I have 3 adult Aylesburies. 1M 2F. I had always wanted to bring on chicks so bought an incubator / brooder. It all went perfectly. But nnow I have 3 adults that bully the 3 JUVs constantly. If I try to enclosed them together the adults beat the shit out of the JUVs. They are now ten weeks in almost the same size. Problem is I have to keep them seperate. Winter is coming and we aare reaching sub zero now. I do my best for the chicks. But they must be freezing at night. Obviously the ideal solution would be for all six to flock. They could all snuugl up and so forth but I seem to be missing trick. How do I get them all together and happy?
     

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