Do drakes calm down with age or will they always be hyper and aggresive!?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rugbyrebel, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. rugbyrebel

    rugbyrebel Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a first time duck owner and I think I've gotten in over my head! I was so concerned about noise and messiness that while researching ducks, I missed a major, obvious point... how sexually aggressive they can be! [​IMG]

    From my three ducklings I ended up with two drakes and one hen. Far from the ideal ratio but they have surprisingly been perfectly fine together (so far) and have not been over-mating the female. She is in control and bosses them around. However, the drakes are aggressive towards my chickens. I separated the chickens and ducks immediately once I saw one of the drakes go after my smallest hen.

    It has been a nightmare rotating yard ranging and I leave work at lunch some days to do this. I rearranged my fences to have two separate outdoor runs but the ducks are able to push through the fence sometimes and they still chase the chicken up and down the fence line, scaring her (she fails to realize she can just NOT stand by the fence [​IMG]). So I still don't trust having them all ranging at the same time.

    I really do not want these drakes anymore but I'm struggling with the idea of rehoming. I can't bear the thought of them possibly ending up in a bad home and I keep all my birds as pets only (not like things are so great for them now though... they spend most of their time locked up and they are terrified of me now that I've had to chase them around a few times). When they are not around the chickens, they are peaceful, beautiful, fun to watch and I love them. When they are chasing my chicken along the fence I get so angry I could just wring their necks on the spot!

    I am not keen on buying a bunch more duck hens to correct my ratio, I suspect it wouldn't help anyway. I am looking into getting better fencing but it will take a few months and it's going to be expensive. (I was planning on doing this anyway but I am resenting how urgent it is now).

    My question is, for people who've kept ducks for years, will they ever calm down or mellow out? Will they lose some interest in mating and be more manageable? I could deal with a couple years of this nonsense but if it's a lifetime commitment I'm not sure I will be able to bear it!!

    The boys are buff orpingtons and they are just turning one year old.
     
  2. KingOfTheCoop02

    KingOfTheCoop02 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think they will calm with age... but when the breeding season is over for the year they will calm then.

    It is pivotal to your flock that you remove at least one drake, as eventually your duck will get overbred. Also, if a drake does manage to catch a chicken and attempt to copulate with her, the difference between Anatidae and Galliforme anatomy could cause her death or at least serious injury.
     
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