Male Pekin duck charging?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Donnigan, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been putting my male Pekin duck in a dog pen/kennel in the day and shutting him in a little shed at night to keep him from mating with my chickens. About a week ago he started snapping at me when I'm taking him to the kennel. Well, today, he has started charging. He is usually very unfriendly and runs away as soon as i put him down, but today he was right at my heels with his head down. he has done this several times today. How can I stop this behavior?
     
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    Does he have a hen duck? Ducks like chickens are not loners and he should not be kept alone as it will make him aggressive. (I think you see that in him already)

    Can you get him a couple gals so he is not lonely?
     
  3. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    X2 definitely needs a girl or three.
     
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  4. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He has 2 female ducks. However he never bothers them, just my chickens.
     
  5. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    I would suggest separating him from the chickens. He will hurt them or even kill them trying to mate them. The anatomy just isn't the same and it will be detrimental to chickens.

    Re: him charging you. I would catch him as he charges and gently pin him to the ground. This shows him you are in charge. Try that a few times and you should see a change in him.
     
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