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straight run or female ducklings??? please help

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right now i have 12 ducklings 1 is about 6 weeks and the other 11 are about 3 weeks old. i think that the 6 week old is a male the rest i have no clue they were mixed ducks straight run from metzer's. should i order more mixed ducks that are female or will they all be alright during matting season?

if you have an idea please let me know

thanks

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I would wait and see what you have in the 11 before you order more.   With 12 ducks it would be ideal to have about 2 males -- maybe 3 depending on the breed.  Any more than 3 drakes and your ducks will suffer during the breeding season.    You can tell by voice when they are about 6 weeks old, and that is when I would try to rehome the extras.  


Think hard about whether you really want more ducks right now.   Twenty some ducks is a lot and they create a lot of mess.  It would be easier to rehome the extra boys, and then get more ducks next year after you are sure you want that many more . . .

EE, Buff Orp, Jersey Giant, White Silkie, Barred Rock, Dominique, Cuckoo Maran, Welsummer and Cochin chickens,  9 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 2 Rouen ducks,  9 American Buff geese, one patient husband, 4 children of assorted ages from 5 - 15
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EE, Buff Orp, Jersey Giant, White Silkie, Barred Rock, Dominique, Cuckoo Maran, Welsummer and Cochin chickens,  9 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 2 Rouen ducks,  9 American Buff geese, one patient husband, 4 children of assorted ages from 5 - 15
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