The drake that thinks he is a chicken

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KarateHorse, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone. I have a pekin drake named Bill. Bill was raised with chickens. When Bill came of age and was ready to breed there were no female ducks so he started trying to breed hens. We made a seperate pen just for ducks. Bill now lives in the pen with 6 other female ducks. The females are coming of age and laying down in front of him but he won't breed them. Bill still trys to breed hens but won't breed the other female ducks. The females chase Bill around bobbing their heads then they lay down for Bill but he refuses to breed a duck. Will Bill ever relise he is a duck and start breeding the females or will he forever try to breed chicken hens?
     
  2. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He probably imprinted on the chickens, therefore he probably actually believes he IS a chicken. Maybe give him zero access to the chickens and see if nature takes over. If he still has chicken hens available, of course that's what he'll choose. Once he starts breeding ducks, then see about mixing chickens into his life again. Basically narrow down his options. Rather, don't give him options.
     
  3. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    He doesn't have access to the chickens anymore.
     
  4. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You said Bill is still trying to breed hens, how is that happening?
     
  5. LeiaLayers5

    LeiaLayers5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had always heard that it was risky raising them together. They get confused. I think the best way is to raise ducks separate from chickens and only later intermingle them once they learn their roles already. I would give him time with the girls and maybe something will click and he will get the idea. Just do not give up.
     
  6. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly. I keep my chickens and ducks together, but they were integrated AFTER they already knew who was a duck and who was a chicken. Although I don't have any drakes or roosters, so for me it doesn't matter too much.
     
  7. LeiaLayers5

    LeiaLayers5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh those boys are just trouble......glad my drake is meek and not overbearing....he is ruled by my hen haha. We just got him 3 more female ducklings that he will meet eventually but I am not worried about his aggression, just his acceptance of them to flock, he took a bit of time before he accepted the last duck we brought in. It fortunately was not physically vicious, just would try to chase them away like she was outsider for while.
     
  8. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    We have stubborn hens that fly the fence and sometimes they fly in the duck pen. We have tried clipping their wings but they still fly the fence.
     
  9. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    I won't give up its just that we want to sell the hatching eggs but if Bill won't breed they won't be hatching eggs and then the ducks won't be making enough money to pay for their feed.
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2017
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Try setting up a kiddie pool for Bill and the Hens....Drakes do better breeding in water, it seams to get them really excited and it's easier on the Hens.....Bill will get into breeding Ducks...;)

    Best of luck...:)


    Cheers!
     

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