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Please help!! ISO Drake Snowy Mallard

post #1 of 6
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I know it's a long shot but my Hen being a month and a half old needs a companion preferably a snowy mallard. I bought a pair of 2 month old ducks today to try and give her company but they are leaving her out like a third wheel. I'm in North Texas any suggestions?
post #2 of 6
I have had people lose a duck when they get a breeding pair and it is hard on a duck to lose a close companion as they are very social and form strong bonds. I sell a minimum of 4 ducklings together with the hope that none will be singled out.

The strategy of adding two is a good one so you will never have a lone duck again (unless you lose two at once) but it sounds like the two are bonded together and not willing to include a third duck. Your duck will attach to them out of loneliness but they may be a bit reluctant at first. I would watch them and let them get to know each other. At least your duck is not completely alone now but ideally it will be able to form a close bond with the companion ducks.
post #3 of 6
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Thank you! I worry that the other two are not drakes and my hen (Gracie) is. Do you suggest I get a snowy mallard duckling and raise him to maturity and introduce him to Gracie? it would take at least a month to raise him to maturity and I'd keep her with the other two until Gracie and the new duck bond. Or would you suggest I just keep the three and hope they don't continue to leave her out?
post #4 of 6
What breed are your companion ducks? Honestly if it were me I would stick with another Snowy Mallard if you can find more but things could work out find with the three you have now. You can vent sex the ducks to know for sure what you have. Two drakes with one hen is not a good idea but two hens with one drake would work. If all three are the same sex they will be fine.
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I just bought the two from a feed store and they had no idea what breed what sex or how old the two are so ill have to do some research. I'm not sure how to check for the sex; so you have any pointers for sexing them?
post #6 of 6
Vent sexing is the most reliable method and it does not require much skill, just a little practice. There is even a video on YouTube so you can watch how it is done.
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