We had a broody hen hatch a friend's duck eggs last year. We have one mail duck who stayed with the chickens and has lived as part of the flick for the past year. Roosts with them at night, flicks with them during the day, shares food, etc. the chickens view him as part of the flock too. His name is Chuck. Now that spring is here he has been trying to mount the chickens. He is considerably bigger than they are, and is very rough. Many people have told me that the chickens will peck him or get away but our two most gentle chickens didn't and they were getting a lot of abuse. I penned him in his own pen to stop it, and he became extremely distressed, as did a few of the chickens. We recently got a female duck of about the same age and put her in with him, and put a visual barrier between the ducks and the chickens. She is interested in him, but he is distressed and confused, and when he hears the chickens or catches sight of them he starts pacing the fence and tries to reunite with them. He has been with the girl duck for three days with no change in behavior. Today he escaped and immediately mounted two chickens. Foes anyone have any ideas about solving this problem? Any experience with this? We would like to keep him and dont plan to eat him, but i worry about the sfety of the chickens and, as dumb as this may sound, the mental health of the duck. At some point will he realize he is a duck?