Do I need a third duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jannakaye, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. jannakaye

    jannakaye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My female muscovy is getting her feathers plucked! The drake is a pekin/runner and they are about the same size, but he's pulling the feathers on her neck out! Do I need another female or is this normal? (I've only had females until Nibbles so this is kinda new for me.)
     
  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I think it'd help her out alot if your drake had a couple more females. A good ratio for ducks is one drake to three females, but even ONE more female would certainly help. :)
     
  3. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, she is most likely being overbred. Another female or two will spread his interests out.
     
  4. LovelyWinter

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    Yes definitely.I have one mallard drake with 4 girls.He seems very relaxed.At least get another one.
     
  5. jannakaye

    jannakaye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor Quacks! I'll defiantly try to find another female or two for the flock. Thanks!
     
  6. Nyssa03

    Nyssa03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    More females will probably help. Just incase he decides he still likes her the best, you can get "saddles" - generally made for chickens but fit on ducks too- that will help keep her from getting hurt. At one time we had a good ratio 3 drakes to 14 ducks and they still had their favorites and ended up causing big open tears on the ducks backs.
     
  7. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes get more hens.
    I had 2 drake and 5 hens this past year and one of my poor girls got all beat up by the boys!!
    So I rehomed a drake and kept some hens I had hatch out this spring.
    Now with 1 drake and 9 hens I hope the "love" gets spread around more this next spring.
     

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