Are drakes normally protective of the nest?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by torilovessmiles, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mallard/pekin mix drake is my friendliest duck, but he gets aggressive when I try to take the eggs off the nest. He gets between me and the nest and bites my fingers as I try to remove the eggs! This is the only time he does this. Is he protecting is potential future babies? If so, do they normally take active fathering roles, like protecting the nest?
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  2. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know cobs and ganders protect the nest, but I always thought drakes were sort of deadbeats
     

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