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Hello All! 

 

So I just have some questions before getting my ducklings in a few weeks. I've done hours upon days of research trying to figure out what a good ratio is for drakes to ducks. I would like to get between 8-10 ducks but am unsure on top of that how many drakes I should get. 

 

Also, how many nesting boxes should I make in my coop for them? I live in Upstate New York and because they will be ducklings I do have time to figure out how many boxes etc. to make. 

 

& I was reading up on solar power nite guard predator control boxes, that seem pretty efficient... I just was wondering if anyone has had any success with them? I would rather ask before spending the money since they aren't the cheapest. 

 

Thank you in advance :)

 

-Lee.:) 

post #2 of 5

Ideally, you'd have at least 4 females per male.  Ducks don't really need/use nesting boxes.  Sorry, I don't know anything about the predator control boxes.

 

Here's a good place to go for more general info in case you're interested:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

 

Best of luck with your new additions and welcome to BYC!!

Love my family...8 ducks, 4 cats, 2 dogs, a boyfriend, grown-up son & BYC lamps!

Check out new BYC photo contest:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124563/official-byc-contest-post-your-best-poultry-dust-bathing-pics/0_30  

Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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Love my family...8 ducks, 4 cats, 2 dogs, a boyfriend, grown-up son & BYC lamps!

Check out new BYC photo contest:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124563/official-byc-contest-post-your-best-poultry-dust-bathing-pics/0_30  

Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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post #3 of 5
The question is do you want drakes (males) in your flock of hens (females). You don't need drakes unless you want a predator "decoy" or babies.

If you want drakes then 1 drake to your whole flock is fine. When you have more than 1 drake then the ratio applies or if you're a breeder. Its to keep the hens safe from over breeding and drake aggression and other things. If you want more then 1 drake then 1 drake to 4 or more hens.

My ducks don't really use nest boxes but it is nice to have some privacy. 1 box per hen or 2 box per hen I think would do nicely. Be warned hens during laying season can be aggressive toward others!

All hens
1 drake to 9 hens
2 drakes to 8 hens and welcome to BYC!
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Originally Posted by DemonicFowl View Post

The question is do you want drakes (males) in your flock of hens (females). You don't need drakes unless you want a predator "decoy" or babies.

If you want drakes then 1 drake to your whole flock is fine. When you have more than 1 drake then the ratio applies or if you're a breeder. Its to keep the hens safe from over breeding and drake aggression and other things. If you want more then 1 drake then 1 drake to 4 or more hens.

My ducks don't really use nest boxes but it is nice to have some privacy. 1 box per hen or 2 box per hen I think would do nicely. Be warned hens during laying season can be aggressive toward others!

All hens
1 drake to 9 hens
2 drakes to 8 hens and welcome to BYC!

 

Thank you for all of the great information & the welcome!

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Originally Posted by Debs Flock View Post
 

Ideally, you'd have at least 4 females per male.  Ducks don't really need/use nesting boxes.  Sorry, I don't know anything about the predator control boxes.

 

Here's a good place to go for more general info in case you're interested:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

 

Best of luck with your new additions and welcome to BYC!!

 

 

Thank you so much :)

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