rooster mating ducks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mountainmolly, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. mountainmolly

    mountainmolly New Egg

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    I got two Amercauna chicks at the same time as I got Ancona ducklings so they were raised together this spring. The chick that ended up being a rooster appears to have really imprinted with the ducks. He never "crossed over" to the chickens as he got older, even tried swimming with the ducks (just once), but has taken on the role of head duck. I do have drakes, but this rooster is in charge. But he will mate the female ducks and not the hens. He does not try to mate the drakes, so it is not just a dominance thing. Is this okay? I didn't really want a rooster, but he is gorgeous and fast so I still have him. My other rooster ignores him and herds the hens, and this rooster stays with the ducks. It won't hurt the female ducks will it? Or prevent the drake from mating the ducks? Okay with me if he thinks he is a duck, although he neither quacks or walks like one. LOL.

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  2. kingfrodo

    kingfrodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any good advice to give other than the image in my head cracks me up. [​IMG]

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  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Will the rooster hurt your ducks? Other than some feather treading...no. They may actually enjoy it, and if you're wanting duckling that might be a problem. He could keep the drakes from mating the ducks, if they see the rooster as alpha. Drakes can be pretty mean tho, so they might just get tired of his crap and beat him up. Or worse, they could do away with him.

    I had a rooster who was in LOVE with my turkey hens. He would dance for them, follow them around like a puppy and make a very serious attempt at mating them (they were large ladies). He would even defend them from their Tom, which was bad news for my hopes for poults. I had to get rid of him [​IMG]

    Good luck.
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The rooster on the ducks shouldn't be an issue unless he is getting violence with them but make sure your Drakes do NOT mate your hens. That will kill your hens--incompatible anatomy.
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

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  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Has anyone ever had this actually happen? I've had a drake in with my chickens for a year now and have never had an issue.

    *knock on wood*

    If he kills one he is gone.
     
  7. kingfrodo

    kingfrodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my. [​IMG]
     
  8. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no experience personally but I read I have read a few posts about it happening on here with lots of warnings which made me curious to read more and learn lots of strange anatomy lessons. Oh my crazy browser history.
     
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  9. chickenlver2013

    chickenlver2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This needs to be stopped immediately!!! I had two rooster who did this and they had chased my duck until my duck dropped dead. Literally dropped dead. I didn't know what was happening because the two roosters were my first ever chickens and same for the duck. we had to kill the roosters but on the sad part the duck died too from injuries on the back of her neck where the roosters grabbed hold to mate. The duck bled to death where the skin was grabbed constantly. Your rooster may not hurt your duck but it gradually gets worse.
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    See, I've heard lots of warnings, but no one actually stated it happened to them.

    I saw my boy mate my buckeye hen last summer and she was fine. I did chase him off. She's still kicking. :)

    Sweet Brown is a good boy. Or has been so far.

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