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Can I separate boys from girls?

post #1 of 5
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I was recently "surprised" with the gift of 4 ducklings, 2 boys and 2 girls. The boys are Pekin, the girls Crested Pekin.
Since I really only have room for 2 ducks, and since my daughter will take 2, should we separate them as boy/girl pairs (neither of us wants any future babies), or is it ok to separate the boys from the girls?
Will 2 of the same sex be ok together?
Appreciate any advice you can give.
post #2 of 5

the girls would probably be ok i'm not sure how the male would without a female,

 

however pekin ducks aren't likely to go broody so you could keep them together as a male and female pair

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #3 of 5

I'd keep them in pairs. Just collect eggs daily and you won't have any babies.

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Originally Posted by Cherib603 View Post

I was recently "surprised" with the gift of 4 ducklings, 2 boys and 2 girls. The boys are Pekin, the girls Crested Pekin.
Since I really only have room for 2 ducks, and since my daughter will take 2, should we separate them as boy/girl pairs (neither of us wants any future babies), or is it ok to separate the boys from the girls?
Will 2 of the same sex be ok together?
Appreciate any advice you can give.


   Agree with the advice you have been given.  I would keep them in pairs.  With pekins you won't have to worry about babies. They don't go broody or not long enough.  First you can collect the eggs every day and you won't have babies.  When we had them, we wanted ducklings but they NEVER hatched their own.  At best they would sit on the nest for a few days then get up and leave.  We finally put pekin eggs under our muscovies to get pekin ducklings.  Today I would use my incubator, but broody, they're not.

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Great! Thank you!
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