Life with pet ducks
Do you have drakes? I've noticed my females become injured sometimes when the drakes chase them and the females try to resist by standing up, refusing to flatten on the ground for mounting. I wonder if this is how Keelyn's femurs broke? If her bones are weak due to a lack of nutrients in diet, it may follow that her femurs could have snapped from the weight of another duck on her hips. I keep in mind, too, with my own ducks, that there needn't be a drake present for mounting to occur. The hens will mount other hens and go through the motions of mating without a drake around.
There is a possiblity that the first injury (which we thougt was a sprain) was caused by being mated with (especially since her "partner" is Kouta, our big pekin, and she is so small in comparison.) But, after that she was in the R&R pen with the other two girls, and they have never had that kind of behiavior that you talked about, infact they are extraordinarily calmer when they aren't around the boys. We still are absolutely baffled at how she broke her other leg...we just have no clue. We wish so much that we had some kind of indication that her calcium was low, but there was no sign, and no way of knowing.
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