Introducing young (new) ducks to older ducks

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

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I have never heard of doing this with water fowl only chickens since they are kind of i n a trance when they sleep it works sometimes but with water fowl they never fully are asleep from all I have read so I think introducing them with fencing between them is best that way they can live side by side while littles are growing and then when littles are same size as adults they will be ready to be 1 flock.
     
  2. Luvduck

    Luvduck In the Brooder

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    That's how my pens are! Side by side, they see each other every day and night but he still grabs them by their wing feathers. Even the females do it too, and they are almost the same size.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Might be best to keep them separated till mating season is over and hormones are nil. Have you tried letting them all out together and tossing treats on the ground while you are there of course. You drake may not be able to have that luxury though if he is aggressive.
     
  4. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chirping

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    My older females didn't stop feather pulling until this years babies started posturing for mating. Now the older females are picking out a which ducklings are going to be in their group.

    I kept them separated in the same pen until the babies were the close to the same size as the older ducks.

    I don't have any males though so I don't know if this will work with a mixed flock.
     
  5. Luvduck

    Luvduck In the Brooder

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    Well we let them out together and they babies want to flock and will follow the older ones but the male will occasionally grab one and mount them either make or female. But it shouldn't be a problem soon. Since we got 3 males out of the bunch, I'm going to have to sell them. We only got one female out of the bunch too. But we have the 4H Fair coming up so hopefully someone will trade a duck for a duck
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Hope that works. Seems it's the year of the drake and roo. I got 5 roos out of 8 eggs this year. [​IMG]
     
  7. Luvduck

    Luvduck In the Brooder

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    Sorry to hear that. My mom suggested we trade them for other ducks at fair with some of my friends ducks. The only problem is should I trade all the males or only two? I don't want to trade but I know I have to. [​IMG]
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    If you want ducklings down the road I'd keep at least 1 drake, watch and choose the most mild mannered one if there is such a thing in a drake lol
     
  9. Luvduck

    Luvduck In the Brooder

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    Ain't that the truth, but I don't know. If we get more babies it well probably be with our Pure breed. Or we'll adopt.
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Always up to the one who has them so if that is what you want to do then do it. [​IMG]
     

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