Hi all, I have 5 ducks (including one drake). A few weeks ago I noticed my oldest duck was hanging back a bit from the others when they usually are inseparable-I wondered why this was. A week or so after that I noticed the back of her neck was very bare-and I realised it was because of the drake, and that was probably the reason she was staying away from the other ducks too. He seems to be mating with her far more than the others-I have been separating him from the rest (or sometimes I put a couple of the other ducks in with him) but I let them all out together for a few mins the other night and in the space of those few mins he was on her THREE times. I have no idea why he keeps going for her over the others (my second oldest duck also has a bare neck but not as bad, so he has two favourites-the other two have no feathers missing at all). He is incredibly rough when he mates, grabs them by the neck and pins them down for ages (I have never had a drake before and presume that this is normal though and different to what the cockerel does who is really quick when mating and not so rough and none of my hens have any missing feathers on their necks.) Is there anything I can do to stop him going for this one duck all the time short of separating them permaneantly? My poor girl obviously hates it and runs away from him. I was just wondering if anyone had an experience with this-I didn't really think ducks would have their favourites that they would exclusively mate with all the time!