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Is this a Cayuga drake ?

post #1 of 7
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Hello everybody.
I got two Cayugas about 6 months ago. I haven't had any experience with ducks previously but already have 4 welsummers and a Cockerell. Anyhow all had been well until this week when I noticed one of the ducks was getting a bald patch. After some googling it suggests it could be due to overmating ??? The only visible difference is one duck has white feathers at the wing tips. Is that a sign of a drake ??? d8cac5560e6d89cbcaa482504dacc62a.jpg

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post #2 of 7

:welcome  The ducks pictured appear to both be female.

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I did think they were. Any ideas how the bald spot has happened ? They follow each other everywhere and have never seemed to fight at all.

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When there is no drake present, hens will start mating hens, but if that is the case you should note her back being muddy.  Any possibility that the cockerel is mating her?

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post #5 of 7
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I don't think the Cockerel is mating her. I did notice one time one jumped on the other in the pond but didn't take much notice as I was sure they were both girls. That was a little while ago tho and the bald spot has only been there a couple days. If it is a case of hen mating hen is the solution to get another hen in the mix ???

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post #6 of 7

Neither has a drake curl, but that can go when they molt. Do they both quack?

Hens will still do the ducky dance with each other - another could help reduce it just being 1 on 1.

Of my 4 ducks, 3 seem to just hang on to neck feathers and 1 pulls. But as spring wears on, the ducky dance lessens a bit.

post #7 of 7
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Having watched them for quite a bit yesterday they appear to be the best of friends. The bald spot seems a little better also. Maybe they just disagreed about something ?
I will just keep an eye on them and maybe use it as an excuse to get another 😉

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