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Aggressive drake!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hilarys Home, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. Hilarys Home

    Hilarys Home New Egg

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    My 3 female runners have just been nesting for a month unfortunately all ducklings were picked off but they are now back with the drake and all seems back to normal.

    However the drake is not a happy duck. Usually the females allow him to do what he wants to do but at the moment they are reluctant partners and he is getting really aggressive with one particular female and chases her relentlessly, so much so that she is often to be found on her own rather than with the other ducks, which is unheard of as they are never found apart.

    I don't suppose there is anything that I can do to help and I am assuming they will settle again in time but any snippets of information would be appreciated. I am worried that he might hurt or even kill her but perhaps I am worrying unnecessarily?

    Thanks, Sharon
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Drakes can be oversexed monsters - plain and simple. If you are really concerned, you might separate him from the ducks until they come back into lay.
     
  3. Quackalackin

    Quackalackin Out Of The Brooder

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    you probably just need to separate the drake. I separate my two drakes from the nine hens because they gang up and attack specific girls and the girls would often end up limp or secluding themselves. I separate my drakes in a dog run within the hens yard during the day and at night the hens and drakes sleep in two separate stalls. So they are separated 100% of the time. I only let them together if I'm with them, and then I chase off the drakes if they pester any duck that attempts running away from them or if they both gang up on one duck. They seem to be slowly learning... But boy do my drakes hate me from all the secluding and chasing :p
     
  4. Hilarys Home

    Hilarys Home New Egg

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    Thankyou for your replies I am keeping a close watch on him today while we are at home and will make a decision based on that

    Sharon x
     

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