Drake to duck ratio

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jdorfee, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. jdorfee

    jdorfee Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 13 ducks and 5 drakes. I've watched mating and boy duck sex is rough. None of the girls have any feathers missing from their necks, how can I know if things are out of hand? Thank you in advance
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If multiple drakes are gang breeding the hens, things are out of hand. Such behavior can lead to pelvic injuries and drowning if they are breeding in water.
     
  3. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The common ratios 2-3 ducks per drake. you have 2.6 per drake. It is not to bad of a ratio. I would watch to see if more than one drakes mating a duck at one time. Just keep an eye open and watch them. I think it could work.
     
  4. jdorfee

    jdorfee Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen this type of mating this morning. Usually just one on one
     
  5. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are gang mating you may need to get rid of some drakes. Or separate the flock into two smaller flocks.
     
  6. jdorfee

    jdorfee Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll try to sell two drakes or put them on the dinner table
     
  7. dotporter

    dotporter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just remember that having too few drakes per hen can lower your fertility rates. Duck sports are naturally a bit rough, even if you only have two drakes, or one drake. Signs that it's too rough are broken feathers, limping hens, bald hens.... But, if you're hoping to have baby ducks, you really don't want to have more than three hens per drake (at least that's the golden rule for Muscovy) as fertility rates can start really dropping after that.
     
  8. Howard-the-Duck

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    Metzer recommends 3-4 drakes per duck. It could be ruff regardless though.
     
  9. DemonicFowl

    DemonicFowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O-O Go home Howard your drunk. Lol. Surely you meant 3-4 ducks per drake...
     
  10. Howard-the-Duck

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    :idunno I sure got it backwards LoL
     

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