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Well, That Was a Mistake............

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mominoz, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. mominoz

    mominoz Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    I read where people let their birds "sort out " the "pecking order". For the first 2 years , there was no problem with letting my runner drakes and their girls out together. They do have separate night quarters and day runs separated by fence and chicken wire. I let them out last week, so they could bug hunt and noticed a sumo fight between my two drakes so I separated them and alternated letting them out to bug hunt in the yard.
    Well today I decide to try out the 'let them sort it out". it worked for my ganders [​IMG] I saw a bit of wrestling, but when I checked them they were peaceable. I did have to put hay out and heard goose honking ...... This evening I went to put them up and my penciled drake has missing feathers along his neck. And he and the grey drake were fussing with each other as I tried to put them up. So either they overdid it or the geese may have.(I do have a broody goose, They all love in adjacent quarters.
    Just for others benefit , don't do what I did![​IMG] or ,it could be, that I need to tweak [​IMG] And/or wait some more time and make sure they are "out of " breeding season. And they were lunging at their fence that separates their night quarters...which I hadn't seen before , guess they haven't sorted it out yet. [​IMG]
    I have new babies coming and brooding, so I hope I can figure out management of flocks, as I will have runners, Hookbills and saxonies. And a few mini-ducks, but they have separate coops.
    I have 4 geese too, and a group of goslings ordered too, so I have to figure out mangement, other than eating all the drakes and ganders!
    Probably explains why we domesticate animals, to keep the easiest to manage [​IMG]

  2. duckbrained

    duckbrained In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    Every year 2 of my drakes are picking on the other one and it alternates from year to year as to which one is getting picked on and which 2 are doing the picking.

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