Toulouse goose suddenly shunned by duck friends

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by newduckmama, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. newduckmama

    newduckmama Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2013
    New member and duck/goose mama here -- needing some help with this.

    My partner and I brought home four ducklings, as well as two 2-month old ducks (a Buff Orpington and a Cayuga) and a lovely Toulouse goose, also about a month old. From the time the four ducklings were old enough not to get bullied or trampled on we raised them all together. The Buff and our darling Goosy became fast friends and were pretty much inseparable. Goosy led the ducks out and about and Buff was her first lieutenant never more than a few steps behind her with the remaining five ducks happily bringing up the rear.

    After a few months went by we discovered Buff and two of the younger ducklings turned out to be drakes so we ended up with 3 drakes, 3 ducks and Goosy. We would joke that without a gander and the Buff as her best friend, Goosy probably thought she was a duck herself! Goosy led the group and as the drakes grew I noticed Goosy would sometimes peck at both of them (but never at her buddy, Buff) once in a while and quite randomly. I didn't realize it at the time but I think she was trying to show or maintain her dominance in the pecking order. As the two younger drakes, Choco and RB achieved sexual maturation I saw them getting a bit aggressive with the the youngest female duck, Molly, and decided to separate them at night in the sleeping pens - the three drakes in one pen, Goosy and the three female ducks in the other. Where previously I would put Goosy in with Buff and another female duck I thought it best to separate them for the night along gender lines. Buff, Choco and RB seemed to bond nicely after a few nights spent together though I could see Goosy was disturbed by being separated from her pal, Buff.

    Well our peaceful situation changed rather suddenly over the last few days and that is why I am writing...seemingly overnight Choco and RB have declared war on Goosy as their leader. Any chance they get while free-ranging during the day RB and Choco seek out Goosy and chase her away from the other ducks. Where just last week they were eating, drinking, swimming and foraging together as a family unit now RB has made it clear he wants Goosy nowhere near his duck flock and Choco has taken on the role of first lieutenant to RB. Goosy is not allowed to be anywhere near the rest of the flock whether it is to eat or rest in the duckhouse during the day.

    It is heartbreaking to see Goosy wandering alone and not being able to socialize with the other ducks. Worst of all, Buff has completely abadoned Goosy as her friend and has become just as involved in chasing Goosy off as the other two. To hear Goosy shrieking as she runs from her former duckmates is breaking my heart. The other ducks, the females, have all fallen behind this new regime and shun Goosy completely although I don't think they harbor any real angry or resentful feelings towards Goosy, they are just passively going along with the change in the pecking order.

    My partner and I are now searching desperately for a gander mate for our dear Goosy to alleviate her loneliness and perhaps to protect her from RB and Choco's relentless attack on her. I am sure she is stunned by the change in her status, the anger with which RB and Choco are now displaying towards her, and probably most of all the betrayal of her former best friend, Buff.

    Is this normal behavior on the part of the ducks? Is there anything we can do to have them accept Goosy again? Does anyone believe a gander for Goosy will help the situation? We are really at our wits' end and being first time fowlers we are mystified as to how to help our poor Goosy. I know she is suffering (as any of us would should all of our friends suddenly turn against us) and we would love any suggestions on how to alleviate it any way that we can. Thank you for any help you can offer us!
  2. jmandawn

    jmandawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2013
    Palmer, Alaska
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Second the you might want to repost your question in the BYC duck and/or goose section for answers.
  4. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
  5. newduckmama

    newduckmama Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2013
    Thank you both for the tip - I will repost in the other forum!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] are you sure Goosy is not a gander? Maybe that is why the drakes ran her off. If she is a gal, it would be good to ask goose folks about her. If it is better to get her a buddy her age, or young goslings.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  9. newduckmama

    newduckmama Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2013
    Thank you for the welcome and advice. I've been reading BYC ever since we got our ducks and goose and it's been so useful and informative to read the different forums. Never knew how much I could love ducks! I seriously could watch them all day free-ranging and interacting with each other - they amuse me so much! Glad I found this site and, again, thanks for the welcome and advice - it's much appreciated!!
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!

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