Age to join other duck.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chickenlover88, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My baby girl indian runners are now about 3 1/2 weeks old and getting big. They are starting to get a few feathers. My adult male Pekin is 5 years old he hasn't had any company for months and I'm so exited for him to have some companions. When do you think my baby girls can join him?
     
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would not put the Runners in with the Pekin drake until they are fully grown, especially since it is still breeding season in some areas. Your Pekin male is huge and could crush the Runner girls if he tries to breed them before they are fully grown. Growing ducks have very delicate legs and can be easily injured or trampled by a larger bird, especially an amorous or aggressive drake. Wait until they are fully grown and then keep an eye on the drake's behavior. Sometimes a big drake, or multiple drakes, will drown a young or small duck while trying to mate with her in the pool.

    Instead, you could partition off an area for your young ducks next to your drake so that they could keep each other company without any risk to your youngsters. Then you could let them out for supervised visits.

    Chel
     
  3. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the info. What age would you consider them fully grown?
     

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