Drake Importance ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LeannS, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. LeannS

    LeannS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2015
    Wapato, Washington USA
    I have 6 Duck Hens for egg production only. How important is the Drake to the flock ? Are the eggs healthier to eat if the hens are bred.? Art the hens happier ? Are they a better flock ?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] A drake is not necessary for the happiness of the flock. Some drakes can be an absolute pain and others can be enjoyable for the keeper and the hens. There is no significant nutritional difference between fertile and non fertile eggs.
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  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    If i could have started years ago with no drakes and kept it that way, i would have. Don't get me wrong i have some sweet, personable drakes but on the whole the dynamics of entire flock change when you have both sexes and not all positive.

    Drakes are not like Roosters, they don't guard the flock or watch over.. a few might but generally that is not their nature.
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