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Rescued Aylesbury duck - advice please

 
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Foghorn



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 9:44 am    Post subject: Rescued Aylesbury duck - advice please  Reply with quote    

We have just acquired a male Aylesbury duck who was being severely bullied by his duck group, to the point where his owners have had to remove him. We plan to move him in with our two laying hens and one younger hen (12 weeks), all of whom free range during the day, and share an ark at night. Aside from providing him with some water, I’d be grateful for any advice about whether this kind of combination is likely to create any obvious problems. He introduced himself to the hens by chasing them around the garden in comical fashion (we couldn’t work out whether he just wanted to pal up with them, or whether he was being aggressive), but they spent the night in the ark happily enough, although he seemed determined to keep them out to start with.

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Rescued Aylesbury duck - advice please Reply with quote    

Foghorn wrote:
He introduced himself to the hens by chasing them around the garden in comical fashion (we couldn’t work out whether he just wanted to pal up with them, or whether he was being aggressive), but they spent the night in the ark happily enough, although he seemed determined to keep them out to start with.


From what little I know about ducks, I would say he is probably trying to mate with them. I've been told that some drakes will try to have their way with anything that stands still for long enough. Your hens may find that they are harrassed to pieces or they may all settle down together. Best keep an eye on his antics for a bit.

Foghorn



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks, I thought I saw a bit of a glint in his eye

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had Aylesbury ducks when I was a lad. A couple of drakes to about 5/6 females IIRC. The drakes to try and mate quite often so I bet that's what he's upto. You'll just need to get him a couple of ducks.

JB



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Foghorn wrote:
Thanks, I thought I saw a bit of a glint in his eye


"'allo Hen, fancy a duck?"

Foghorn



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One duck is enough for me, thanks. I suppose we'll just have to see if he settles with the ladies in a respectable and contented manner, the last thing they want is to be pursued constantly by an amorous web-footed lunk.

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well if it doesn't work out, Aylesbury duck does taste rather nice

Foghorn



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 05 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I shall make sure I point that out to him.

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