Acceptable duck to drake ratio?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Dusky Beauty, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2011
    Upshur County, Texas
    Since I'm in my birds for eggs, I obviously keep my drake numbers small, but when I sell my extra girls, how many females per male should I allow them to go to in a new home? I talk to one lady who has 5 pet drakes O_O

    Is forming them up into pairs enough? or should I tell her she needs 2:1?
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I would do at the minimum 2 per drake. If they have multiple drakes I would suggest a 3:1 to prevent over breeding
  3. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    The smaller the number of drakes - the lessor number of females is often Ok 1-1 can work fine if thats the only ducks but when there is a larger flock say with ten drakes- then a higher ratio of females will be needed since there will be competition between the boys.

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