In the Brooder
- May 20, 2018
Wondering what you all would do. Three years ago we hatched three Pekins- Pepper the drake, Cilantro and Basil. Basil recently passed away and Cilantro is having leg issues and likes to sleep most of the day. Pepper is go go go wanting to mate and has picked one of our chickens to hyperfocus on. We keep them separate in the pen and she can outrun him when they free range. It's annoying though. So, we got two, 2 year old Khaki Campbell girls to keep Pepper company. The first day they were free ranging together, he ran away from them as they followed him about, quacking. The second day was peaceful ducky bliss until suddenly he decided it was time to mate. He chases them relentlessly the minute he catches sight. They want nothing to do with him now. I locked them in the run together last night and I think it was awful for them. I found one hiding inside the chicken coop (she's quite agile). So tonight I will start separating them at night, but this isn't what I wanted. Will they learn to live together as a flock, like Pepper and his other two girls did? Or is it time to rehome him to somewhere with big girl ducks that will be interested in this big goofy boy. Thanks for any thoughts on this!