Naughty Cayuga duck!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wildflower, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. wildflower

    wildflower In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Well, I adopted a pair of Cayuga ducks about a month ago. They were found under a bus in the city as tiny peeps. A year later the good samaritan had to move and I stepped in. I have a dozen hens and two baby female goats in the same spacey inclosure. The ducks fit right in and loved their little swimming pool. We named them Diego and Frida after the artists. We noticed Diego was very busy with frida, at least 5 times a day, holding her head under the water etc...not so nice, but I guessed this was duck behavior........until he started chasing around our little RHR hen. She is the top of the pecking order, so I figured being the only male in the whole barnyard, he was showing who was boss. NO, his intentions were not that honorable! I had to keep beating him off the poor little hen, who's head was bruised and battered! Soon he was chasing the bottom of the pecking order a tiny silver Polish named Cher. Now, that was enough, he was raping my chickens! I had to seperate the ducks from the hens which really ticked him off. At this point he was even trying to bully my 11 year old daughter. Long story short, they are now living with another family who has a single female Cayuga duck (poor thing) along with a yard full of chickens, roosters and pecocks. He found the single duck in about five seconds and had his way with this normal duck behavior, because I am thinking I don't like ducks so much anymore!
  2. ZooZoo

    ZooZoo Songster

    Mar 21, 2007
    Northern New Jersey
    My male call duck does the same thing every spring. I would assume it is due to mating season. It usually passes in a month or two. The males can definitly be aggresive. Sorry to hear about your bad experience with ducks. Their not all that bad. [​IMG]
  3. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I have 3 drakes to 1 duck. Its horrible, she has no feathers on her neck and some of her back feathers are missing too. But my sisters won't let me get rid of some of the drakes cause they're theirs. And 2 of my drakes chase my 2 youngest roos away from the food. So you are not alone in your problems. I hope you'll give ducks another chance someday.
  4. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    My ducks are terrified of my chickens! What a naughty boy!
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Quote:You need to do something to protect that poor duck or the drakes will likely end up killing her.
  6. dukzzz

    dukzzz In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2012
    there not all that aggressive, I have a mallard drake who is quite gentile with his two ladys

    DUCKGIRL89 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011

    I agree! Please seperate her from the drakes. Get her a saddle to protect her back.

    Im haveing drake problems as it is, 5 drakes and 7 hens, but mine are seperated in breeding groups, and my main drake is thankfully a gentleman. Trying to sell 2 of my drakes, but no one wants them :(

    DUCKGIRL89 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011

    my main drake (a welsh harlequin) is the sweetest drake I have ever owned! He protects his 3 hens, and 3 other youngsters with his life.... For some reason he doesnt like my ancona drake near his peeps lol.
  9. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    To answer your last question, yes, it's normal for a male to mate with a new female right after he meets her for the first time.
  10. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    My Ancona drake has been after my chickens & me for weeks now. He has a date with destiny in a few weeks, I have no interest in wrestling a 6 LB. duck every morning, and my hens need the peace.
    I have decided to stick to female ducks from now on. Drakes are just more than I feel like dealing with.

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