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Need advice!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DisneyGal25, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. DisneyGal25

    DisneyGal25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all-

    I have a very abusive Drake. He was a relatively passive drake for the past year, but this year he picked one of our newer hens and really beats up on her. She looks scalped and he messed up her eyes. We separated them and let her do some healing. Now we are afraid to put him back with the flock.

    He's the only drake for 6 hens and doesn't pick on any other girls. We had three drakes for 7 hens and that was to much for our poor girls. We gave two drakes away & lost a hen in January. We kept him because he was the most passive.

    Any advice would help as long as it's constructive and not rude.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Vosh Sahaal

    Vosh Sahaal Out Of The Brooder

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    Keep him in the dark for 36 to 40 hours before reintroducing him. It'll drop his hormones pretty steeply.
     
  3. DisneyGal25

    DisneyGal25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would've never thought to do this. Thank you. We separated them once before and he went right back to her. This is the second time he's been separated & now I'm nervous to even let him out.
     
  4. Vosh Sahaal

    Vosh Sahaal Out Of The Brooder

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    If the light neutering isn't enough you may have to "demote" him. When he mounts her knock him off and pen him to the ground.
     
  5. DisneyGal25

    DisneyGal25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He usually stops if we come close to him while he's trying to mate her.
     
  6. DisneyGal25

    DisneyGal25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help!
     

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