do my ducks need a girlfriend

mimi1221(7b AR)July 31, 2008

Hi all, I have these two male ducks about 6months old. They are friendly with me and the family but, they free range with my chickens and have been getting agressive with my girls. It seems to me they are looking for someone to mate with I could be wrong but, I was wondering if they would leave them alone if I got them some girls? Let me know what you think. I would love some advice. Thanks

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beeliz(2)

I would definitely suggest getting a couple or more females. I had 2 boys for about 1 year,then they tore eachothers heads off(not literally)...but I would suggest 3 or 4 females to make it easier on the girls. Ducks can become deadly to chickens when this sort of "mating" happens..just my thought

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 3:15PM
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mimi1221(7b AR)

Did you get some females? Did it help you? Do you think if I get one for each that will be enough? I am trying not to overextend my self with all my animals lol. Thanks

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 5:09PM
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beeliz(2)

it would only really benefit if you were to have more females than males..because the males are hard on the females. I personally like to keep one male and one female. But if you can,,get 3 girls and you'll be fine.
I lost my ducks to a fox last fall sadly,but this summer I rescued a male and female together..one was killed by a raccoon so now I'm on the hunt for another duck. I'm not sure yet which one I have because it's only about 12 weeks old. But a female either way would work.
when I did have a bunch of ducks last year I had 1 male and 4 females and it was perfect! good luck,,

    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 4:30PM
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zootjs(zone 5 MA)

You will need a lot of girls. No fewer than three females per drake, and some would argue twice that many. Otherwise, it gets ugly....

    Bookmark   September 30, 2008 at 9:40PM
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