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New addition to the flock!!! Need advice!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by masonsmommy8813, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. masonsmommy8813

    masonsmommy8813 New Egg

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    Hello All,

    I need some advice. I have had my ducks for 1 year. My original flock consists of 3 mallards(drake & 2 hens) and 3 white pekin hens. I had a drake for my white pekin hens but he was killed by a hawk last summer. I just bought a new white pekin drake for my white pekin hens yesterday. I understand he is new to the flock but my white pekin hens will not let him anywhere near them or around the other flock. Everytime he comes around the flock they chase him off. My question is.... will they eventually accept him into the flock or should I try and find a new drake for them. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It very hard to just bring home a drake or duck and put them in with the resident flock and him get accepted right off. We actually recommend that when bringing home any new ducks they live side by side for a while with fencing separating them. it gives them time to get to know each other and the regulars time to see him as one of them. If you need to he can sleep in a dog crate inside the coop so he is with them but he can't get beat up. After a week or so start letting them all be together for short times of treats together. They will eventually merge into 1 flock.

    Welcome to BYC @masonsmommy8813
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016
  3. masonsmommy8813

    masonsmommy8813 New Egg

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    Thank you for the advice @Miss Lydia I may need to try that. The others are not beating him up, they just chase him off but I am going to try that and see if it will help.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Oh okay not getting beat up is good, they just see him as an outsider . Let us know how it works.
     

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