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Drake as a Rooster?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TheColonel, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. TheColonel

    TheColonel New Egg

    Feb 7, 2011
    We're going to have 3-5 layers, and have an interest in maybe raising a duck or two. Since roosters are illegal, we're thinking about getting a drake. We hear that hens feel a little more secure with a man around the house. Is this a good idea?
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Depends on the drake. Roosters and drakes are different anatomically -and a drake that tries to mount a chicken can do some serious damage to her. Not all drakes would take a sexual interest in chickens- but it can be a big problem for those that do.
  3. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Southern California
    Can you substitute a dog for your spouse?


    Is it a good idea?


    It is more than likely that the Drake will ignore the hens and long for Duck companions. Or, he could be mean and constantly pluck their feathers and pick on them like some ducks do. Its hard to know exactly what will happen.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Not a good idea. Drakes have penises roosters do not. There is potential for a drake breeding hens to cause serious physical damage. Hmm, trade your wife for a dog, hmm.[​IMG]
  5. TheColonel

    TheColonel New Egg

    Feb 7, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. We certainly wouldn't want the drake to become overly amorous with the hens. In terms of the analogy about spouses and dogs, I did hear this piece of sage advice a while back...

    Put your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car. Drive around for a few hours, then get out and open the trunk. Which is one is more glad to see you?

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