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Khaki Campbells / 3 ganging up on 1

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by happylilfarm16, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. happylilfarm16

    happylilfarm16 Just Hatched

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    *** Advice Needed ***

    I have a question that I'm hoping someone can help me with. We have 4 khaki Campbell ducks born in April 2016. They are 7 months old.

    They are all 4 male and 3 of the 4 are all ganging up on the 4th. It's so bad he now has bald spots on the back of his neck.

    1. Why are they doing this?
    2. How do I get them to stop?
    3. Is it possible that the 3 will kill the other?

    Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It sounds like they might be trying to restablish their pecking order.
    I would separate the injured male while he recovers.
    It is possible for them to kill him but it usually doesn't end up going that far.
     
  3. happylilfarm16

    happylilfarm16 Just Hatched

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    Can I separate him and keep him by himself? For the first few months we had them, the ducks were with my chickens. Can I put him back with them?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Not at 7 months old he will most likely want to try and mate with your hens. And that is usually a death sentence for a chicken hen. Why not separate him with one of the other drakes and see how they do in 2's but stress of being continually picked on can cause him to become sick and possibly die. So yes separate him. Get a product called Blue Kote {TSC} it can be put on poultry to disguise wounds etc and it may keep the one you put in with him from picking. You may have to rotate till you find one that will just be buds and not want to hurt him.

    @happylilfarm16
     
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  5. happylilfarm16

    happylilfarm16 Just Hatched

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    Thank you. We will try this. I took a half day at my job today so I can figure out something to separate them. I'll stop at TSC on my way home. I think there is 1 duck less aggressive. I'll put the 2 of them together.
     
  6. luvmyduckies

    luvmyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may be a dumb question but is it possible that one could be a female? Just asking because it would also explain everyone gainging up and the feather loss on the neck.
     
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  7. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Not really, does the one in question have a curly feather on his tail? Maybe we could have a picture.
     
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  8. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes females will have the curly feather. Not commonly, but it can happen.

    Also, you can tell the gender by the quack. Females have the classic loud quack, males have a quite whispery quack. Youtube has some clips showing the difference.

    Do you have any females nearby? Male ducks don't usually fight unless they're establishing the pecking order, or they can see/hear hens. If they were in with the chickens first, it's possible they view chickens as their potential mates.
     
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  9. happylilfarm16

    happylilfarm16 Just Hatched

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    I didn't really think about that before.. I am pretty sure they are male.. Question, would I have eggs if it is female? I will get pictures when I get home.
     
  10. happylilfarm16

    happylilfarm16 Just Hatched

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    We brought them all home at the same time .. 6 chickens and 4 ducks. I was supposed to have 6 hands but have 5 and a rooster. The ducks were all to be male... but I have no eggs so figured they got that right.. I will get video and picture of them when I get home.
     

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