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question about amorous ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jlmann, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. jlmann

    jlmann Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    OK so I have a mixed flock-six chickens ,one guinea and two ducks. Since we're on a farm they pretty much have the run of the place during the day and then go to their pen to roost at night. The problem is the ducks ( both males ) will periodically get " in the mood" and er... ummm ..... try to force themselves on the chickens and guinea. I don't think it is possible for them to succeed because things don't exactly line up right. Not a major problem but they have pulled a few feathers loose from the back of the chickens ne cks and it just concerns me (don't want any chucks or dickens running around here.....) Is there any way to deter this behavior other than by seperating them? I tried that and the ducks broke out and returned to their honeys.Any help is greatly appreciated ! thanks


  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    You can separate them and/or get them 4 to 6 girls of their own.
  3. jandmeg07

    jandmeg07 Songster

    May 30, 2008
    Cheboygan, MI
    We have the same problem! Our Rouen boy Donald is constantly after our hens even though he has his sweet Pekin, Daisy. I figured it was a pretty normal hormonal thing, but didn't think about getting him some more women. Wonder if that'll make Daisy jealous...or relieved? [​IMG] I guess we will be getting more ducks when we get all our pullets this year. [​IMG]
  4. skunknchatter

    skunknchatter Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
    Northern Utah
    Norm is an Indian Runner duck and he is in with my 5 hens. He too gets "in the mood" and has his way with the girls but no one has ever been hurt because of it. If they get really annoyed they just flap up onto the fence to get away from him. Guess I just never thought of it as a problem...
  5. karanleaf

    karanleaf Songster

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    You need to get those boys some girl ducks..... [​IMG]
    We have 4 Drakes and 6 duck hens and the boys are all over the girls a big part of the time and some times 2 boys to the same girl (thinking of getting rid of a coulpe of boys or getting a few more girls) But the ducks haven't messed with the chickens, they share same pen, But now 1 of our Cuckoo Marans Roos Schultzie has tried to mate a duck hen or two a few times. Yelp if it was me I would get about 4 or 6 duck hens. Or hatch out some Duckens [​IMG] [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Karan
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009

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