My duck is picking on one of my chickens

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

  1. shawnieree

    shawnieree New Egg

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    I have a male duck that was raised with 8 female chickens, just recently he has been picking at her alot and will almoat hold her down and kinda nibble at the back of her neck, she doesn't seem I'll or anything, she is actually one of the largest chickens, any ideas why?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    He is reaching sexual maturity and he is trying to breed her. Ducks are anatomically different from chickens, and drakes can cause hens to prolapse/die by breeding them. It would be wise to separate him from the chickens immediately.
     
  3. shawnieree

    shawnieree New Egg

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    Thank you, I kinda wondered if that was it, I'll take care of that immediately
     
  4. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Good catch. So glad you noticed before it was too late.
     

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