Originally Posted by Sore Thumb Suburbanite
ok, I've had the same issue, only with the drake and my runner, the back of her head and eyelids got all bloody one day and I finally had it! I separated the drake from my flock and I bandaged my runner's head. She seemed to appreciate the medical attention and warm water on her wounds-she stood still and didn't dodge me. Now she is healing nicely and its been almost a week since I separated them. I keep the drake outside of the yard during the day and he stays right next to their fence constantly, at night he sleeps in the bedding area under my raised coop alone. It doesn't get too cold here and he's doing fine, though he probably misses the action.
My experience with ducks mating at night is they do and often... My goose sounds an alarm every time the drake mounts, the goose screams the whole time until it stops. I used to keep all the ducks and my goose together at night but ever since that started the Goose and the drake sleep in the bedding under the coop at night. I woke up to her screaming the alarm 5 different times in one night!
If all Darling's feathers are missing your drake will have to grab whats left-her skin or head or back...I advise separation before you get a bloody mess.
Omg! are you serious, it can get to a "bleeding-point"?? thats awful!
I know for a fact they do mate during the night because she comes out of her coop with less feathers on her neck, every day. I have noticed that he's sort of laying off for a while since her feathers are kind of growing back but I'm not sure if he's gonna continue again or just stop.
I dont want to leave him out in the cold at night though :( the weathers not very nice right now since its been raining a lot..
Sometimes I cringe when I hear them mating I feel like shes in pain! My poor Darling :( but I'll definitely find some way to separate them for a while.. my brother suggested knitting her a beanie! haha! (wish it was possible for her to keep it on hah
Originally Posted by duckdad
once there are no feathers to grab and hold thats when its time to separate them. I've seen a hen running around in a bad ratio flock that was bald on the back of her neck...it heals and its nothing unusual but preventing the skin from being broken by repeated bites is the humane thing to do. The drake will get over it...just as everything changes so do the urges of a drake, except you only have to wait a few days for a drake to change. If your hen starts a nest she'll be off limits for awhile...
Duck love is brutal...........and you thought porcupines had it bad.
It is brutal! Its crazy and confusing! I dont want a bloody mess :( Darling's gone through enough deaths I wouldnt want her to think she's hurting the same!
Originally Posted by jdywntr
Is it only the 2 that you have? If you have more males than females, the boys are overbreeding the girls. Consider getting more girls. Your male may be a bit too amorous for 1 girl ( if thats all you have). More girls will take the pressure off of her.
I do disagree about them only mating during the day. My Muscovy (prior to freezer camp ) would be mating with my female at all kinds of hours, during the day, at dusk, pitch black out, whenever.
Yes, for now theyre only 2. I cant really have more right now since my DH and I are not in the best living situations atm. I do agree, shes hot stuff and my Fluffs cant resist!
good thing they dont mate like your muscovy!...............at least I dont think they do