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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cacrawford, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. cacrawford

    cacrawford New Egg

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    I purchased two ducklings this time last year to start a mixed flock. I thought I had a boy and a girl but it turned out that I have 2 males. I have 10 hens also. The ducks have a very large area for just them and the chickens free range in the whole yard. Every time I let the ducks out to run around they chase down my hens and start pulling on their feathers and combs. I already know what they want. My question is,
    can I find a home for one of the males and get a female for the other. I can't have an entire flock because I don't have space for all of them.
     
  2. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    actually if you have 1 female they can coexist, they share
     
  3. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two drakes are way to much for my 7 girls. I have to seperate them to give the girls a break on a regular basis.
    Can you just keep the two drakes seperated from the hens?
    If not I would be afraid that one duck and one drake would not be enough. Usually you will see recomendations of 3-4 ducks per drake. In my experience I need about 6 girls per drake.
     
  4. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    let me explain y i said that

    see we have rouens right and 3 to 1 female and 2 to 1 female, 1 really only mates with them and others protect
     
  5. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you need to keep your ducks away from your hens and run 2 flocks or get a few females and rehome a male duck. If neither of those are an option you may want to look into rehoming both males and getting sexed female ducks.
     
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  6. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe Rouens are different than other breeds or my boys are just "enthusiastic" [​IMG]
    My Pekin is way too much for his 3 girls and my Buff/Runner mix is way too much for his 4.
    I just ordered 11 females to try to make it easier for the girls.
     
  7. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, my created does very well with my 5 mixed flock females. I don't think it is the norm to be able to have 1:1 and it work out.
     

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