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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:49 am 
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I am looking for a little help. For the past 8 years I have had a Rouen duck living in my large pond and having free range of the one acre garden. A lot of people kept telling me to get him some friends. About 8 months ago I got 4 Peking ducklings. Up until this week all has been well. They all free range around the garden together. There at two Male and two female pekins. I think the rouen is female ( there is no curl on the tail ) This week the male pekins will not let the rouen out of the pond enclosure. If it does come out they chase it back in and hold it down by its head. If it aprouches the females the males chase it. Whenever it moves off its old tree stump they chase it. If it eats with them they chase it off.
It's a pity it has turned out that I have two male pekins. I'm not sure what to do about that yet. I would rather he stayed a pet than meat. That's only me. I do eat duck but not one I've known from a chick. Any advice welcome
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:54 am 
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Is the Rouen brown coloured (female) or does it have a green head (male)?

I would sell or give away one of your male and one of your female Pekins, so you’re left with one male only. That’s assuming the Rouen is female.

Good one you for wanting to remedy the situation to help your original duck.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:37 am 
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'She' does have a brown head. Thanks for the advice. If one of the pekin males needs to go would it be best to keep the leader of the pack or the second in command?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:40 am 
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Sounds like your Rouen is a girl then :)

With the Pekin drakes, keep the second in command. I suggested selling one Drake and one duck as a pair as it’ll be pretty easy to find homes for a male/female pair. But if you can find a home for a Drake only that’d be good also. Ideally you’d re-home both the Pekin drakes. The girls won’t miss them!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:10 pm 
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Thanks for your help. I live in rural SW France. I would have locals queued at the gate to eat them but I will try to find a home.


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