Why does my duck peck my chicken

peepnpato

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I have two Muscovy ducks and one silkie chicken who grew up together since they were a few weeks old.
They love eachother and get along for the most part but every once in a while one of my ducks will chase and peck our chicken. Our silkie is much smaller than the ducks and pretty skiddish so of course he screams and I am just wondering is this normal behavior for ducks and chickens? I am not sure if the duck is doing it malliciously or simply just nibbling like ducks do and the chicken overreacts? Help pls
 

Steven Bussell

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I see my ducks nibble on my chickens also. It mostly when the chicken gets to close to treats the ducks are trying to eat. Now I put the treatt in a few spots and it pretty much has stopped happening.
 

peepnpato

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This is still happening :( but mostly only at night it seems like she gets aggrevated and pecks the chicken. Do you think getting another chicken will solve this problem?
 

Miss Lydia

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Does your chicken roost at night? I house my ducks with my chickens and my chickens roost and stay out of the way of the ducks. My female Muscovy can be pretty hateful about grabbing a chicken when they are hormonal. But my chickens have learned to keep a safe distance. Your chicken def needs a buddy of her own species though.
 

peepnpato

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No, he INSISTS on always sleeping wedged in between the ducks. I think this is when our duck gets annoyed and pecks him. We may try to get another chicken today and see if this helps
 

peepnpato

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We are still unsure about the gender. It’s a 2 month old silkie but we don’t know whether he is a boy or girl yet.
And she is not pecking him bad I don’t think. Just nibbles but he’s pretty skittish so he screams and sometimes she goes for his head since he is so much smaller
 

Miss Lydia

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Well that's not good going for the head. Yeah I think you may want to get your Silke a friend but It would be nice to if you had plan B and if the ducks still pick on the chickens to maybe have separate sleeping quarters.
 

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