Anyone know about the brooder plate? Do you put it under the box?
Edited by MandyJ - 1/20/16 at 7:13pm
I had the same issue. I had 7 hens and 5 drakes. I found 2 drakes a home with some lonely hens (unfortunately the new owner's dog killed them both so theirhens are lonely again). Then I added a friend's Pekin hen that needed a place to overwinter (her entire flock was killed by coons leaving her the sole survivor). So now I have 8 hens and 3 drakes although I am wondering if perhaps one of my drakes is in fact a hen as I'm only seeing 2 drakes with sex feathers. I may still have 1 drake too many or maybe not? I haven't had time to catch ducks to double check and not all drakes display their curly feather (they can lose them). I do miss the two drakes quite a bit but the hens are better off with less drakes. I am debating on building a second duck pen so I can separate out extra drakes next winter instead of selling them-- I use my ducks to train stockdogs and hens can't be worked heavily when in lay so right now I can't train as much as I'd like.
They are just trying to comfort him. lol Hopefully things will work out in the flock. I think they will.