it has taken me forever to figure out how to post- for that reason I have a million and one questions. First, here’s some background. We found a baby wood duck back in July- our intentions were to give him to our local wildlife sanctuary but actually heard some terrible things about them from our vet (we also have a mini bull terrier.) Unknowing we had to have a permit for our little guy, we kept him and he quickly became family. To say he is my baby is an understatement- and he’s extremely domesticated despite hearing their temperament makes them difficult to domesticate. Naturally, I did my research and discovered the need for a companion duck, and that is where our mandarin came in. I know they are “cousins” in the duck world. Our mandarin was wild and full grown when we got him- so the adjustment has been difficult as he is skittish, however, he is super kind and submissive of my bratty and bossy wood duck. Is that the natural temperament of a mandarin? Both are males. The wood ducks name is Bean and the mandarin is Cooper. The mandarin seems to be missing a patch of feathers in his chest. He is not molting- he seems otherwise healthy aside from some consistently liquid poop that was quickly fixed with some electrolytes and probiotics. The mandarin also does this thing where he stands his hair up on his head and almost seems to hiccup? I mean, I haven’t research if ducks can hiccup so it very well could be that? What could cause both issues? Also, there have been no discruntles with the woody and mandarin aside from a little chasing from the woody with his mouth open but the mandarin just runs and gives Bean his space. Is it ridiculous of me to think they’ll become buddies? They do hang around together often. Will the mandarin ever be as tame as the woody? Finally, we have a duck coop that is about 5 ft high by 12 feet covered in steel mesh on all sides and underneath with chicken wire on top. We have our “Bean house” which could probably withstand a hurricane inside the coop and is about 2 ft off the group (requires them to walk up a duck ramp to get inside.) We can get Bean inside because we can just pick him up and place him in there. The one time we tried to get cooper in there, he spooked and ended up hurting his beak and was bleeding. Is there a less dramatic way to get him in the coop at night? We put Bean in there and let cooper roam freely in the pin (that is what he did where we got him, there was no coop.) at night, but eventually I feel a predator will spot him and even if the predator doesn’t find a way in- cooper will most likely hurt himself just by flying like a crazy duck all around the pin. Also, it seems like cooper gets a bit upset when Bean is put up and he is left out alone. Bean will not stay in there willingly so it’s almkst like I need to get them in there together or Cooper first. Any responses or suggestion would be so greatly appreciated considering my novel.