7 Males/4 Females...?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by redhen, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Not a good ratio is it??
    Do i have to get rid of some of my drakes? [​IMG]
     
  2. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, you could get 7 more hens. [​IMG]

    If you don't want to add more ducks then yes, you are going to probably need to get rid of some of your drakes, at least 3. It would be better to have only 3 or less drakes for 4 hens. Sorry. [​IMG]
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:Darn.. I hatched these little buggers. [​IMG]
    *sigh*
     
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Quite honest I would reduce it to one drake. Two tops. You will be much happier with the groups behavior, not to mention the food you save on. I had 13 with 5 drakes. Rehomed 4 drakes and the groups dynamic is so nice right now. The one drake is so sweet to all the girls, since there is no competition at all. They are a sweetest family you have ever seen.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:Yeah... thats what i'll have to do... [​IMG]
    I hope i can even find homes for them though.. [​IMG]
     
  6. jrobertson

    jrobertson Robertson's Rare Poultry

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    never reduce your flock to one lone drake if you want to raise ducks. i've learned this the hard way. the ratio is a good one but if the lone drake dies or is sterile(not likely) you could find yourself scrambling to find a replacement. i always keep two or more drakes of each breed. obviosly the best looking ones. even if you have to build a bachelor pen, it is worth it when something unexpected happens to your drake.
     
  7. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    I agree to keep an extra one when it comes to breeding. I personally plan on hatching more next year, and that means I will bring in bird eggs from another breeding stock. Same breed just another gene pool.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Buy more hens-lots more! You of all people know that those drakes won't be happy living anywhere else.[​IMG]
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:I know... [​IMG] But i have a small yard.. So i"ll have to downsize... not get more. [​IMG]
    Its hard because they are so attached to their buddies... I hate to seperate them. [​IMG]
    Want a duck?? [​IMG]
     
  10. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Yes, they are attached to each other, but I can assure you they will do the same with another family. I've dropped mine 4 off at another duck place where they will become breeding stock and they wasted no time checking out the new ladies. It's sad to part, but it is also fun to make new friends.
     

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