Bad drakes!!

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  1. GldnValleyHens

    GldnValleyHens Crowing

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    My poor Jemima! She's being mutilated by the drakes! I came home to find this, and she's by far the worst although the other hens' heads are bare too. I'm gonna put neosporin on it, but my poor hens! Can I do anything to protect them aside from separating them? Like head covers made out of vet wrap, etc? I will take those drakes out for starters. @casportpony, @shawluvsbirds?
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Clean it really well, but I wouldn't put sort of wrap on it because it seems like that might be a good way for them to get caught on something and hang themselves. If they were mine I would move the drake into their own pen until the girls healed. :hugs Hope they heal fast.
     
  3. shawluvsbirds

    shawluvsbirds "FAKE EILLEEN"

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    I'm afraid there isn't much you can do that I know of besides lock them bad boys up. Or get more girls so there is more to go around:rolleyes:. But even then sometimes they pick their favorites and leave the others alone.
     
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  4. MillersFarm

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    What types of ducks do you have and how many drakes & hens do you have? I'd separate the drakes from the hes Asap.
     
  5. GldnValleyHens

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    Call ducks. The drakes are very......fruitful. There isn't a pool out besides their water dish, and they try to mate on land. It has never been this bad before. I guess now that spring is approaching love is in the air as nesting season begins.
     
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    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

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    How many hens do you have for your drakes? You might want to keep them separate until breeding is over.. That is if you have the space and time.
     
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  7. GldnValleyHens

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    3 hens. I used to have another but she was killed last fall. I have been wanting more very badly, but haven't been able to acquire them. I've been waiting for hatching/broody season to start so I can have more ducklings. I don't want to separate the drakes, because yeah it's a lot more work, but in order to protect the girls I guess I'll do it
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  8. shawluvsbirds

    shawluvsbirds "FAKE EILLEEN"

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    Adding a pool might make it a *little* bit easier on the girls. I hate seeing them being stomped to the ground by the drakes.
    But sometimes water gets them more excited too so .. . .you would just have to see. It might provide more entertainment giving them something else to do besides mate. .
    But I would for sure give the girls a chance to heal up first.
     
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    The water definitely gets the males worked up, and starts the head bobbing and what I call pointing, when they lower their heads and swim like a torpdeo
     
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    I'm still not sure how many drakes you have but it sounds like you have too many, I would suggest you either, Get rid of extra drakes, Get more hens, Or separate them..
     
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