In the Brooder
- Feb 1, 2010
Hi! I have a few questions about my little male black east indie/call cross (chick-A-duck is his name). We only have him..no other ducks right now. Hes about 5 yrs old or so. For the past few years he has stayed with our hens (despite how messy he is with the water!!). He follows them everywhere, sleeps up against them, and even grooms them! Hes gotten to where in the warmer months when they all freerange he will aggressively defend them...he'll charge and go right for the ankle/toes (mainly against any man that comes near) lol! We are concerned for a few reasons...we have thought a lot about separating him (still having contact through chicken wire) due to how badly and quickly he can soil their water when they are mostly cooped up Dec-March. We've tried everything from putting rocks in the container to using very shallow heated poultry waterers and just trying to give him a little while to bathe outside the coop door in a little tub. The limited access is an issue for him as he gets crusty around his eyes/beak at times( If we set water in the coop with him its a DISASTER! Despite cleaning right up..we worry about it affecting the health of the chickens...how a tiny duck can soak the coop so quickly , and "funkafi" the water is a mystery to me lolDoes anyone have any suggestions?? We thought about a duck companion for him but have to avoid a female due to very close by neighbors (I heard they can be quite loud). Would a male companion be acceptable or could this cause a rivalry (over his harem of chickens). Perhaps if we presented him with a duckling it would help prevent rivalry? What about a female duck of a different (quieter) breed...standard sized??? We have considered a pen for him attached alongside the chickens where he can see them and be near...but when we've tried this in a temp set-up he spent all day quacking and upset. Thanks!!!!