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two dead ducklings. Could the father be killing them?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by imsomarinky, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. imsomarinky

    imsomarinky In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2010
    San Diego
    My duck is hatching her first clutch of eggs today and the father is in there with them. The first two ducklings out were fine and looked healthy earlier today but I just found them dead outside of the nest. Mom is still on the nest with the other eggs and hatchlings. The two dead ones both head big open wounds on the back of their heads. Looks like the work of an angry mallard. We only have one male duck and he's been so set on protecting his mate and her nest so we let him stay. We've already removed him though because I'm pretty sure it's him. Did we make a mistake letting him be with the babies?

  2. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    not really a mistake.. but yep, he probably did it. give him the boot and then give yourself a break...it will be ok. some drakes go after the babies and some dont. you never know..

    sorry, honey.
  3. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Songster

    My Rouen is sitting her 1st batch and that has been my worry, and after reading this I think I will put a divider up so that they can see each other but separate so he doesn't hurt the ducklings should they hatch.
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    My drake ended up killing 3 ducklings last clutch. I would defiantly separate your drake.
  5. afeatherfan

    afeatherfan Songster

    May 6, 2007
    Yes>>>>my drake was trying to pull my hen off the nest to mate with her ..Needless to say he got to go see jesus ..
  6. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Yep my dad duck killed my baby duck, and my mom duck died from hreat fallier when she was trying to save the baby from him. So in a way he and I killed them both. I was so sad and so mad at myself and the male duck. But I knew that he was just doing what he thought needed to be done and that he didnt mean for his mate to die. Plus I blamed myself for their deaths, but I relized that there was no way of me knowing that he was going to kill the baby, and that the mom duck would also die. So I forgave myself and sold the male duck.

    RIP I miss you both
  7. KansasKid

    KansasKid Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    Make sure you have a solid divider, baby ducks can slip right through the poultry wire.

  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I'm so sorry about your ducklings. I do have to say that, in the wild, it would be rare for the male to kill the ducklings, usually they don't pay any attention to them. But, once in a while, it can happen. I'm glad you separated them, it's best to be safe rather than sorry.
  9. imsomarinky

    imsomarinky In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2010
    San Diego
    Thanks everybody for your feedback. I felt like such a bonehead for not looking into that BEFORE it became an issue. It's good to hear I'm not alone. The rest of the ducklings are doing great though and Papa Duck is just haging out on the other side of the pen, happy as a clam.
  10. jrobertson

    jrobertson Robertson's Rare Poultry

    Apr 24, 2010
    NW Alabama
    a simple rule to remember when letting a hen do the setting: less is more. quarantine all setting hens from drakes or roos and other hens. hens too can become jealous and steal or slaughter other hens broods. if the others are not required for her to do her job, remove them. its never easy the first time.

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