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I recently acquired 7 ducks.  They are Indian Runners (2 males & 1 female) & Khaki Campbells (1 male, 3 females).  What is the male to female ratio? There is a lot of fighting amongst the males for the females.  I'm afraid the males may drown one of the females as they fight over her in the water. Do they pair off for life like geese do? Is there any special feeding requirements or can I feed them the same as my chickens?  I know they need water nearby when they eat so I am providing that. They are free range on 1 acre of pasture along with my chickens & right now there is a ditch flowing through the pasture that will dry up later this year. 

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I recently acquired 7 ducks.  They are Indian Runners (2 males & 1 female) & Khaki Campbells (1 male, 3 females).  What is the male to female ratio? There is a lot of fighting amongst the males for the females.  I'm afraid the males may drown one of the females as they fight over her in the water. Do they pair off for life like geese do? Is there any special feeding requirements or can I feed them the same as my chickens?  I know they need water nearby when they eat so I am providing that. They are free range on 1 acre of pasture along with my chickens & right now there is a ditch flowing through the pasture that will dry up later this year.

I believe it's 5 ducks per drake, but I may have that wrong. I'm not sure whether they stay together for life, but my Mallard drake does have his favorite female whom he spends most of his time with, although at the same time, he enjoys the company of all our ducks. We feed our ducks organic layer pellets along with the chickens, so yes, they can have the same diet. :)

 

-Alex


Edited by Alexandra33 - 2/15/16 at 8:30am

Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Thank you for the info. One or two of the drakes may have to find a new home or wind up on the dinner table.

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Thank you for the info. One or two of the drakes may have to find a new home or wind up on the dinner table.

You're so welcome! :) That may just be the best decision for the sake (and sanity :P) of your females.

 

-Alex

Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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You only have 1.33 females per male. That's way too many males. The normally recommend minimum is 3 females to each male. If you plan on breeding I suggest you only keep one male. If you don't plan on breeding you really don't need any males.

Wild ducks normally pair off but that instinct has kind of been breed out of domestic ducks.
Edited by lomine - 2/15/16 at 6:47pm
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