Joining two groups of ducks together.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Khasimir, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Khasimir

    Khasimir Just Hatched

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    I'm looking for advice from those experienced with joining two groups of ducks together. I've got a group of 13 golden 300's (10 female, 3 male) that are a tad over 1 year old, who live in a separate coop and stay outside in a separate pen as well. My other group are 15 Welsh Harlequins (13 female, 2 male) who are about 14 or so weeks old.

    I'd like to join them together in a single outside pen and ideally have them be in the same coop as well (their coops are actually repurposed horse stalls in my barn).

    The alpha in the 300's is a male and the other two males are a little aggressive with their.. "needs". From what I can tell, the alpha in the Harlequins is one of the females and the two males seem fairly passive.

    I'm wondering if I shouldn't wait until Sept when mating season is done or try isolating the three 300 males for a period when they integrate, but I'm a little worried about taking the alpha out of the equation.

    Any suggestions? Advice? Experience?
     
  2. AnjKar n Ducks

    AnjKar n Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps


    Since your WH are about 4 months I would wait a little bit longer or are they about the same size?
    Your aggressive drake is concerning, does he attack all the ducks or just certain ones? I would wait until September if the WH's are the same size so he won't be as aggressive to them being young. Has he severely injure a duck/hen?
     
  3. Khasimir

    Khasimir Just Hatched

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    The Alpha or the two other male 300's aren't super aggressive per se. They just just like getting busy with the females.. alot. The alpha keeps an eye on the group and makes sure nobody is left behind, or steps in if someone is acting up but that's about it. No injuries to another duck, just some bald spots on the back of the females necks.

    I think I might wait a few weeks until Sept and give the WH's more time to get bigger and for mating season to be finished. I might try and keep the ducks in the same pen during the daytime and then maybe separate them at night when we herd them in.
     
  4. AnjKar n Ducks

    AnjKar n Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good Luck
     

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