My Duck is being agressive! Help!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Terry-G, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. Terry-G

    Terry-G New Egg

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    I hand raised my welsh Harlequin with a female, but sadly at one week she died, leaving my male alone. He was raised with dogs and by me, he would sit on my lap and follow me around in the yard and he would play in the bathtub only if i was with him. but he started getting very mean, attacking the dogs and my mom, then he started attacking me too. He has a toy that he would, as i say, rape and for a little he got better. now its getting worse then ever, no matter what i do he won't leave me alone and he only ever attacks me or the dogs now.

    Would getting only one female help calm him down or should i just find him a home with plenty of females?
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  2. Catmoose1347

    Catmoose1347 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know that much about ducks, but I think that it is risky to get a female, because if he is aggressive with her, he can kill her.

    Sorry I can't be of much more help. Good luck!

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  3. apricotvalleywf

    apricotvalleywf Chillin' With My Peeps

    I say you get him 3-4 females and he will calm right down. Just watch that he doesn't get a favourite. He is exhibiting mating behaviour which explains why he is being so aggressive.
     
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  4. Terry-G

    Terry-G New Egg

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    Thanks, I kind of figured its mating behavior. I'm working on finding him plenty of females, for the being i try to always wear closed toe shoes since he has a toe fetish (which is helping a lot).
     
  5. apricotvalleywf

    apricotvalleywf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haha! Be thankful he isn't a goose!
     
  6. Terry-G

    Terry-G New Egg

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    He must think he's a goose because he chases me down and bites my hands, ankles and toes. I think a goose would be nicer at this point.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Some have had success picking their drake up, or very gently holding him down, to demonstrate that you are the bigger duck.
     
  8. SamSimone

    SamSimone Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I was wondering how your duck is doing now, because I've got the exact same problem with my male Indian Runner duck.
    It's really getting out of hand because the attacks are getting more violent every day, and I am completely covered in bruises.
    I can't get him a female duck though. Is there anything else I can do?

    Sam
     
  9. Sonja1018

    Sonja1018 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm having the same problem with my house duck. 
    Doodles is 4 months old drake, hand raised, never been around other ducks.
    A month ago he began chasing my husband and grabbing his pants leg. At first we thought it was cute, thinking he was just playing. But after a couple weeks of him getting more and more aggressive we began trying to discourage the behavior with no success.
    My arms and feet are covered in bruises. Because of the biting, he spends more time in his kennel and has to be restrained for me to feed/water him. I now wear long sleeves & gloves when handling him and we have to have shoes on when he's out.

    I miss my sweet snuggle-duck. :(

    What do I do to calm him down? Getting another duck isn't an option at the moment.
    I see the response above that holding him down to show dominance may help. We'll try that starting today. 
    Is there a vocalization ducks use to show displeasure in behavior? 
    Can a duck be neutered? :/
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Have you read this? it's for training geese [which is usually ganders] and I used some of these on my imprinted drake, you ought to try and see if these help.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/561849/geese-training
     

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