Well, here we are 6 weeks later, and both ducks are runners, one is definitely a girl, but the other is still peeping, and is slightly larger than the girl duck. The peeping seems to be getting deeper, like a boys voice changing but this could be my imagination.
1) is this a pretty good indication that this is a drake, or should I hold out hope that it's a duck?
2) my ducks and chickens have been raised together since day one, and seem to be quite attached to one another. I've ready that this can be dangerous with a drake because he will mount the chickens and harm them. Is this true? If so, what are the chances?
3) if it is a drake, and it is dangerous for my hens, will my sweet girl duck be heartbroken without her life partner? Since she's spent her life with the hens, will they count as company for her or will she just be sad and lonely? At this point I'm worried that the hens would hate losing both ducks. If they get separated they start making the "I'm lost" calls looking for the ducks. It will be a sad day either way.
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.