Pecking Order Issues

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Indiana Dunn, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Indiana Dunn

    Indiana Dunn Chirping

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    I've been trying to introduce two ducks into my flock for about a month. They are about two months old. I've had them in a wire crate where the chickens and other ducks can see them, but not reach them. I've been letting them out in longer increments at first with supervision, and then alone, but every time I do so the chickens, specifically two that I know are lower in the pecking order, will attack and pull feathers even if the new ducks are paying little attention to them. It's gotten so bad that they've injured one of them, so I put them back up in the wire crate to heal, but when they came back out, the chickens went after them again. I've never had this problem when introducing ducks before, and I don't want them to get seriously injured or killed. It seems by now the chickens would get the message that the ducks are not trying to outrank them. What should I do? I don't want them to be locked up all the time.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Ducks and chickens don't speak the same language, so often they aren't compatible being housed together. How big is your set up and how many birds? I definitely wouldn't leave them together currently.
     
    chickens really likes this.
  3. Indiana Dunn

    Indiana Dunn Chirping

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    It's an 8'x10'x8' pen with an upper roost/coop, so they separate out each night (ducks on lower, chickens on upper). There's 6 ducks and 6 chickens. They have a large fenced in area that they hang out in during the day. All my other ducks have lived fine with the chickens, which is why I am confused.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    What breed are your chickens? How are your ducks with the new ducks? Maybe temp split your run area into 2 areas chicken on one side ducks on the other.
     

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