Why are my female ducks fighting?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aidanadia29, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. aidanadia29

    aidanadia29 Hatching

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    Hi everyone,

    I have two female muscovies. They have been cohabitating harmoniously for more than a year now, until the last week or so.

    One of my girls is laying again (they’ve both been laying on and off) and has been particularly broody. They’ve been separated from each other as broody miss sits on her nest doing nothing. I get the impression that the other one is lonely without her company (but I’m no duck whisperer!).

    When broody girl does eventually come out - or more like, I have to take her off her nest to make sure she has a feed - she starts attacking and bullying the other one. Chasing her around, pecking her, pulling out feathers. I cannot figure out what’s going on! I’m concerned about this behaviour and that it might turn into something long term. I’m not sure if it’s just because she’s broody or if something else is at play.

    I’ve looked up some stuff online but what I’ve found seems to largely be related to infighting between drakes, hence my posting here. Any advice would be welcome! TIA.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    This is very typical of Muscovy's. Sometimes when mine are broody and I have taken all their eggs they will still make their sisters lives so miserable I have to put her in s separate coop by herself over night. They eventually get over it. Is your broody sitting on fertile eggs?
     
  3. aidanadia29

    aidanadia29 Hatching

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    Nope, no drakes. I’ve tried telling her that she’s wasting her time sitting on the eggs but it’s like she doesnt understand me :p

    I will break her nest tomorrow and remove the bedding, see if that breaks the brood. She’s also not eating much at all, even if I put the food next to her or try to handfeed her. She’s still attacking my other baby who is very lonely. it’s not the first time either have been broody but this time is different! No one’s ever attacked each other before which is why I’m concerned. If that doesn’t work I’ll coop her up somewhere for a while, see if that doesn’t changer her attitude!

    God love em. They’re wonderful little creatures but so difficult sometimes!! :rolleyes:
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Yes spats are normal but sometimes they get out of control. I have tried everything imaginable to break mine of brooding but it never works they just have to wear it off. But def remove the eggs and nest material maybe put fresh down that worked with one of mine once. Just once though. :hmm
     
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