*SIGH* How Can I Get Him To "CHILL!"

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FunnyBunnies12, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Other then adding more females, which I do have but aren't of age. My male is getting horribly aggressive and territoral and chasing everyone under the sun, he has grabbed hold of my youngest sons ear and actually drew blood, just grabbed my oldest sons ear who is home with the flu(round 2 here, just hoping I don't get it, taking Vit. B12, C, D3, Zinc) and even my Great Dane is scared of him. I've done the submissive hold, I've shown the boys how, but now it has become a true battle of the wills, it's his way or no way. Will he be content by himself outside if I can or should I even attempt to bond momma with her babies now since they will be together in the spring? I'm sure he will be because he was alone and content when she went broody.
    I just don't know what to do. He's a real sweetie, but he acts like it's spring time all over again, he wasn't this aggressive when Oreo was cycling. Could he sense she has gotten weaker and he's become not so much territorial, but protective of her? He only acts this way when we are around her or pick her up. When we pick her up and he's near he goes after her and grabs the back of her neck and won't let go, it's like a tug of war game. But when we aren't around he won't mount her, he's content. So it's hard to know what to think of his behavior. Is it his hormones? Dominence? Protection of her? Territorial? Or all 4 combined?
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    My vote is dominance. Keep him away from the kids or he will do damage. He cannot be with them until they are 12 weeks old. Be warned that hell will break loose then. He will mount all the girls and pick fights with all the boys. You have a blood mess in the near future for sure. It will be messy for sure. Some drakes just turn aggressive and there is not to much you can do.
     
  3. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I read some where that this is pairing up season for ducks... also the neck grabbing is seeing if she 's in the mood... I have Daisy doing it to Judy right now and Judy doing it to Daisy.. then Stanley hops in and they are all doing it to each other till they decide who Stanley is going to visit first.. Daisy gets very upset when I pick Stanley up and walk off with him.. I noticed the other day she also got upset when I picked Judy up. So I guess Judy is finally one of the flock.. When I took Daisy away yesterday for a few minutes to measure her I could hear Stanley calling from the night pen..

    your little guys problem right now is hormones.. I think he will mellow out. Hopefully someone else will chime in. I agree with katherandia too there is dominance going on also.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  4. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So my question is should and or can I try to bond momma in with her babies? I never even thought of doing with Ming-Ming, because I know what he'd do to them, even if I wasn't forwarned before, just his behavior alone is enough for me to know better. The boys have put momma with babies in the same room or cage and she really didn't seem to mind being with them. So, maybe if she is with them, he'll tame up with just being himself and the boys holding him. Just a thought as to rather keep things as is and wait for this to pass especially with colder weather on the way, because the weather system has been so screwy lately, from freezing to today low 50's upper 40's. So I can see where these warm temps may be confusing him on what season it really is.
     

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