My ducks love my roo

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by catfish queen, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. catfish queen

    catfish queen New Egg

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    Hi, silly question, but I'm new. My blue splash Orpington rooster has been marking up 1 of my hens back , pretty bad. So he is now free range through the day. He stays right around coop. It has given her time to heal. At night if I don't get out there right away, roo waited by the door andso does my 2 roeun ducks. The ducks won't go in coop until they know roo is in:) are ducks always so protective?
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Ducks can be protective. Hens will usually be protective over their ducklings and drakes can become protective of their hens.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I'm afraid I'm not a duck person but please do drop by the duck section ~https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
    I'm sure the duck keepers there will be able to help you with all your duck questions.
    How many hens do you have? Often if a roo is damaging hens during mating it means he does not have enough hens with him so he starts over breeding the ones he does. A roo can easily handle 10 hens, this should then stop the over breeding.

    Good luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Roos will also overbreed the most docile hens because they are easier to catch. You could get them hen aprons will project their backs somewhat & allow feathers to re-grow
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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