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I have 13 mallards, I got them in April. I have 5 boys and 8 girls. Yesterday I got 4 new ducks, them seem to be malnourished. I got them from a friend of my neices. The new flock is a boy and a girl mallard, a boy black crested, and a girl that I can't identify. How can I intergrate them into my flock?
post #2 of 4
I recommend getting the new ducks to a vet first as they look malnourished they could have a disease
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
post #3 of 4

Keep them separate for a few weeks, and get them checked out.  If they are more than malnourished, they will pass it around to the rest of your flock. 

 

You are also creating a dangerous combination of male and female ducks.  You really shouldn't have added any more drakes than you already have.  I would reconsider keeping them.  There will be fighting, and your females could be at risk of death from over mating.  So am I right - I am counting 7 drakes and 10 ducks?  That could be really bad. You really should have only one drake for every 3-5 ducks.  Please take this warning with seriousness.  I've seen too many terrible, heartbreaking outcomes to a flock this unevenly numbered.  And welcome to BYC!  You are in a good place!

 

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Learning through living with my 8 ducks -  1 Chocolate Runner, 1 Blue Runner, 1 Fawn and White Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 2 Welsh Harlequins and 2 Pekins
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Learning through living with my 8 ducks -  1 Chocolate Runner, 1 Blue Runner, 1 Fawn and White Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 2 Welsh Harlequins and 2 Pekins
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post #4 of 4
I agree completely . I like an even number flock for my mallards and there is at least a 1:3 ratio for the muscovies on the farm .
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
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