My duck is picking on one of my chickens

shawnieree

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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?
 

sourland

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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.
 

Ren2014

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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.
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Thank you, I kinda wondered if that was it, I'll take care of that immediately
Good catch. So glad you noticed before it was too late.
 

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