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Can I have three drakes and everyone get along?

post #1 of 28
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Hi all

 

I am new to ducking and purchased my first three ducklings 3 weeks ago tomorrow.  I love them to bits (even the mess).  They told me they can't sex ducks when they are young.  I have read that you should have 1 drake to 2 ducks, which would be perfect.  Also, if I had three ducks that would also be great.  What if I have two drakes?  won't they wear the poor duck out?  Could three drakes live in harmony?

Thanks, anxiously awaiting the time I can sex them as I am getting more fond of them every day and would be horrified if I have to give one away.

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"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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post #2 of 28

technically you cant

 

they will fight and over mate the ducks

 

how many ducks have you got

5 Red Star, 1 Speckledy, 3 Col Blacktails, 3 White Star [Leghorn]  1 Amber Star - All Hybrid Pullets, 1 French Copper Marans - Roo, 2 Lavender Araucanas - Roos, 3 Cream Legbars - 2 Pullets & 1 Roo

 

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5 Red Star, 1 Speckledy, 3 Col Blacktails, 3 White Star [Leghorn]  1 Amber Star - All Hybrid Pullets, 1 French Copper Marans - Roo, 2 Lavender Araucanas - Roos, 3 Cream Legbars - 2 Pullets & 1 Roo

 

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post #3 of 28
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Thanks for info.  Was afraid of that.  Didn't know if they would fight if I didn't have any females around.  I have three of something???  2 Pekin and 1 Rouen.  They are 3 weeks old tomorrow so about what age should I be able to tell the sex for sure?

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"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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post #4 of 28
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Thanks for info.  Was afraid of that.  Didn't know if they would fight if I didn't have any females around.  I have three of something???  2 Pekin and 1 Rouen.  They are 3 weeks old tomorrow so about what age should I be able to tell the sex for sure?

you know what it will be awhile before you have to worry about this why not just enjoy them now as babies and maybe it will turn out for the best 2ducks and 1 drake. or 3 ducks or 3 drakes. you can always decide what best when they are older. your worrying instead of enjoying. wink.png

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by Younger View Post

Thanks for info.  Was afraid of that.  Didn't know if they would fight if I didn't have any females around.  I have three of something???  2 Pekin and 1 Rouen.  They are 3 weeks old tomorrow so about what age should I be able to tell the sex for sure?

 

 

sex on ducks is hard but as your ducks are descended from Mallards

 

Drakes will get Drake Feathers around 10-15 weeks

5 Red Star, 1 Speckledy, 3 Col Blacktails, 3 White Star [Leghorn]  1 Amber Star - All Hybrid Pullets, 1 French Copper Marans - Roo, 2 Lavender Araucanas - Roos, 3 Cream Legbars - 2 Pullets & 1 Roo

 

Formerly Silverfox0786

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5 Red Star, 1 Speckledy, 3 Col Blacktails, 3 White Star [Leghorn]  1 Amber Star - All Hybrid Pullets, 1 French Copper Marans - Roo, 2 Lavender Araucanas - Roos, 3 Cream Legbars - 2 Pullets & 1 Roo

 

Formerly Silverfox0786

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post #6 of 28
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THANK YOU !!! Miss Lydia (my duck angel)

 

You always come to my rescue.  I was so stressed today I was almost in tears thinking about giving one of them away.  You are right.  Maybe I will have the right combo.  I would take any option as we only have them as pets to love.

What age do you think I will be able to tell?

Thanks again

Quote:
"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Younger View Post

THANK YOU !!! Miss Lydia (my duck angel)

 

You always come to my rescue.  I was so stressed today I was almost in tears thinking about giving one of them away.  You are right.  Maybe I will have the right combo.  I would take any option as we only have them as pets to love.

What age do you think I will be able to tell?

Thanks again

maybe by 4-5 months for drake feather, and should begin to hear voice changing some where around 4-5 weeks off an on. You know I have Muscovy's so on voice change I am only guess since Muscovy's don't quack, but girls will be loud and boys will be raspy and lower. you can google your ducks breed and probably hear just what they will sound like in a few months. Are your ducks going to be able to free range? is there a possibility if it did end up 2 drakes to 1 could you add a couple more girls to the mix? always things to think about, and ducks able to run around and act like ducks aren't as apt to fight as those penned up together. I have 2 drakes and plenty of girls and they do get into it once in a while but for the most part coexist pretty good. lots of room to run around makes a big difference.


Edited by Miss Lydia - 5/11/13 at 5:23pm

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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post #8 of 28
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We have a lot of predators around ( in the country) so they will free range as long as we are home.  I am worried about them leaving our property and there are a couple of farm dogs that stray.  We are building a large run for them.  We just picked up a 7 foot pool today to install in the coop and run we are in the midst of building. Would be farther along but I broke my foot a week ago and am stumbling around on crutches.  My wonderful husband set a lawn recliner in the garage so I can watch and talk to the ducklings and chicks for hours.  LOL  I would definately get another couple of females.  How can I be sure they are females? the man at TSC said there was no way of knowing.  Can I put them in the same pen after they leave the brooder?  I know chickens are difficult to mix.  Are ducks as well?

Thanks for all your encouragement.  Time will tell.

Quote:
"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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Quote:
"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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post #9 of 28

Vent sexing, is a way to tell young birds, some farm supplies can i know of one and they get frey's pekin all the time. A bachelor flock will be fine, it's only when you start adding females to the mix do things get tricky.

~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks- Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin  

 

Chickens- Ameraucana, Ameraucana x(ie Easter Eggers), Silkies, Showgirls, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

Plus Miniature horses, Sheep & lionhead rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

 

"Tough times don't last, but Tough People do....."

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~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks- Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin  

 

Chickens- Ameraucana, Ameraucana x(ie Easter Eggers), Silkies, Showgirls, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

Plus Miniature horses, Sheep & lionhead rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

 

"Tough times don't last, but Tough People do....."

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post #10 of 28
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As it does with any breed? (lol) (adding a female to the mix) Where are you located "Going Quackers"?  

Quote:
"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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Quote:
"The most precious things in life, aren't things"  Author Unknown

 

I live in the country with my wonderfully tolerant hubby, 2 rescue Beagles (Chloe(RIP), Mini and Lily), 2 Pekin ducks (Miss Daisy and Albert), 3 Barred Rock Hens (Lucy, Ladybug, Bertie (RIP), and Lollypop) and 4 Rhode Island Red Hens ( Glitz, Tiny, Pinecone and Twinkle toes).  Our human chicks have flown the coop.

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