Do Drakes wander?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by moodusnewchick, May 6, 2009.

  1. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No right? he's really gone, isn't he?

    I have three muscovies. one drake, 2 females. they're a happy little trio. the ladies fly the coop daily, leaving the heavy drake behind. when i let him out, the three walk around like ducks in a row. I've been having a hard time getting the ducks into the run lately. I came to find out why...they started a clutch. So, I let them stay out. The drake is huge, he mastered my Black Jersey Giant roo and gave me some manly hissing resistance too. The only predator we've had roaming has been a fox. The drake is far too heavy for a fox, in my opinion.

    So, this morning, he's gone. No sign of struggle. No blood, no broken branches. No drake. Two females crying.

    any thoughts?
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    It sounds to me like a predator got him. So sorry. [​IMG]
     
  3. TheDuckCrew

    TheDuckCrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    Connecticut
    he might be gone. same thing just happened with my drake on sunday right after i found my hen all bloody, yet still alive in the house. she had gone broody, and a weasel killed her for protecting her eggs. she had to be put to sleep by the vet. i came home later to find a pile of feathers. i screamed to my parents saying it got chubby too. we were hoping he was able to get away, and we searched and searched and searched for him, but he's gone. i'm sorry. [​IMG]
    maybe try looking for him though. he might have wandered off and found something fun and didn't want to come back
     
  4. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have mallards..They have had an open top cage for a year all can fly but my boys never left becaue I go have females who cant fly...and for that reason alone I know mine would never leave..Im sorry I hope you do find yours..I know how painful it can be..To lose a pet and not know what happened I lost my favorite baby boy drake 2 weeks ago..I know what happened to him but it doesnt have it easier...[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2009
  5. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    I have a Saxony drake and a Rouen hen, they are inseperable, but often they wont come home at night (we have a fox as well) or wont come home for up to 2 whole days and nights, but they do always come back once they get tired of whatever fun they found. Best of luck!
     

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