My khaki Campbell is attacking me. Help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by northernkhakis, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. northernkhakis

    northernkhakis Hatching

    Jan 5, 2015
    So back in the spring I made a spur of the moment decision to get two khaki Campbell ducks from tractor supply. I know, not a smart decision. My family had raised chickens previously so I knew some basics. I got the ducks and have absolutely babied them everyday since so that they would be friendly. They had been friendly for all up until a few months ago when the female (Rihanna) started laying and the male (Jojo) started getting feisty. I haven't done anything to them to make them hate me. I was giving them snacks and I'm the one who feeds and waters them everyday so I thought that this was completely uncalled for. He started by just nibbling on the ground in front of my feet then started pecking at my toes. Eventually cold weather came and I started wearing boots so he still bites but now he bites the tops of my boots and where my toes should be. Also if they are out of the pen and he sees me he will run up to me and immediately try to peck at my feet and "attack" me. If I walk back to the semi fenced coop area once he sees me he starts quacking and running up to the edge of the fence and actually tries to go through the fence. If I put my hands in the fence he bites me hard enough to leave marks. And when I finally leave the area he once again tries to jump through the fence. I'm worried at this point for his safety not only because he could hurt himself with the fence but also when he gets at my feet I don't want to step on him. the female doesn't try to attack me but she is more frightened than she had been before of me. I've read things about "asserting dominance" and thats not really what I want to do. I mainly am looking for advice on how to gain their trust again and why this even happened to begin with. I apologize for grammatical errors and thank you for any useful suggestions.
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your aggressive duck. Unfortunately, I don't know much about ducks, or why he is attacking you. I would recommend posting in the Duck section of the forum: Ducks
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I would definitely post in the Ducks section for some answers.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I don't know a thing about ducks so don't take my words for gospel. I would guess your male is feeling quite the stud and protector and is doing just that, warning you away from the hen. The people on the duck threads can probably give you more insight and strategies. Some people think that roosters that are spoiled as babies grow up with no respect or fear of humans. I imagine drakes are the same. Is your hen sitting on a nest with eggs? If so that would explain their turnabout behavior.
  5. northernkhakis

    northernkhakis Hatching

    Jan 5, 2015
    She is laying, but we collect them daily.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I don't know anything about ducks either. Definitely stop by our ducks section for more help with your attacking duck!

    Good luck and we do welcome you to our flock!
  7. northernkhakis

    northernkhakis Hatching

    Jan 5, 2015
    Wow everyone is very friendly! Thank you for the advice and I did put it in the duck section. And I'm happy to be part of the "flock"!
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your duck.

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