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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:19 pm 
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Hi All I let my12 8 week old ducklings (mussies) out into the big wide world Thursday. Since then they seem to be picking at each other. Two have blood around the tips of their wings. I'm think it's just a pecking order thing. What do I do about it. I'm worried they might do each other damage. :? . Cheers Phalara


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I have just discovered it is one of the larger baby ducks swinging on his/her siblings wing-tips. 2 of the female older ducks (4mts) also get in the act, do I just let them work out their own problems. They are locked up separately at night. Cheers Phalara.


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It can be a protein or mineral deficiency and they are drinking the blood they draw. Other than that, some ducklings and goslings can just be naughty! I had a gosling last year that just liked to pluck feathers. He did nothing with them, but used to puck the breast feathers - if i had have known who it was i would have been doing the plucking :twisted:

Having said that, it grew out of the habit fast enough.

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Thanks Honk, my hubby discovered the culpret this morning. A black and white drake, he's larger than his siblings and quite the bully. If he doesn't start playing nice soon he will be Peking duck :x . Cheers Phalara


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