Da' Cute and Cuddly Call Duck thread!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LeBlackbird, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ducks usually bond pretty quickly no matter what the age. But if wobbles doesn't know she's a duck, maybe that will be an issue. lol
     
  2. Julie Birb

    Julie Birb Ducks win

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  3. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know you're leaning toward getting another female, but I hope you'll give some thought to getting a drake instead. There are probably still some breeders who have the young drakes from this year's hatch available, and that should be fine as far as a pet goes. I really believe Wobbles is going to be more well-adjusted in the long term if she has a mate. You have to keep in mind that you haven't yet had her as an adult during mating season, and you could see her change considerably if she's still alone when that rolls around. She hasn't lost her normal duck instincts just because she's an indoor duck, and many ducks become unhappy during mating season if there isn't one of the opposite gender around. I've read numerous stories of people who've lost ducks that had the ability to fly if they didn't have a mate when mating season season came. The ducks seemed to be very bonded to their owners, but then they just flew off during mating season and never returned. I know Wobbles doesn't have the ability to do that, but it does go to show you that the instinct is strong enough that it can lead ducks to abandon their human friends and the only home they've ever known once nature takes over.
     
  4. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    That's true...but on the other hand it's also difficult knowing that my two babies are shtupping one another all over the house! ...Also probably wouldn't succeed with diapers on. XD

    My other concern is that drakes can get downright nasty come mating season. I've heard of all-female flocks doing just fine outdoors, so I assumed the same would apply for an indoor duck. I'm hoping another house duck owner can chime in.

    Either way, getting an adult drake won't help, since I can't think of a single breeder that raises them indoors. It's not right to force an outdoor duck to live inside, and vice versa.
     
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  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, i own rabbits and have for quite a long time, bred them too. All animals are capable of being nasty, even ducks.

    That is the point with wobbles being an only, she has become overly dependent on you as her 'mate' .. this is why you can still have a wonderful relationship with her but ease the you gotta be there 24/7 with another bird, hard to say on age, i prefer younger birds, as i have had better transitions with that aging that said depends totally on the bird too, some blend in like they have never not been there.
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know plenty raise duck only flocks or drakes only flocks just like hen only flocks, mixed on my opinion of the old "have to have a boy" into the equation, i think it truly depends on the purpose of the flock. Drakes do better with multiple females vs one on one, generally speaking and that isn't something everyone can accommodate ...
     
  7. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL. You're starting to remind me of a parent whose teenage daughter is about to start dating. Maybe you could make them a little dimly-lit designated area and play some Percy Sledge music so they'd know that's where to go when they're in the mood to do stuff, but I agree the diapers could be an impediment. I keep forgetting about the diapers.

    I've never personally had a drake that became agressive during mating season, but I know it can happen just from reading/talking with others about their experiences. It's most often related to too many drakes competing for the same ducks, but I'm sure there are other reasons I'm not remembering right now.

    Yep, I completely agree with that. My personal feeling on it is that at least most animals prefer to have mates, but most will also do at least reasonably well without them, though there are some exceptions to that. My biggest concern in Amykin's situation, and it might be completely off-base, is that two ducks might be more likely to not get along with each other than having one of each. I think there's a possibility they would both see Amykins as their "mate" and compete for her attention, possibly to the point that they were agressive toward each other.

    Again, though, I'm not saying that's inevitable. I have no personal experience with it and don't know anyone else who does, either. I just know some mammals display that behavior, but it might not be true of ducks, or it might vary with the ducks involved. This whole "duck in the house" thing is new to me, so I'm just trying to think of all the potential ins and outs.
     
  8. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got single males and male/female pairs in southern maine. I can also ship if that's too far for you to drive
     
  9. Sarah4

    Sarah4 Out Of The Brooder

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    My call duck eggs
     
  10. chippysmom327

    chippysmom327 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So mad right now. Just noticed that the two girls I bought for my two drakes are boys! I keep buying "girls" and then they're boys! It's like they change sexes just because they're supposed to be girls!
     

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