Drake to Hen Ratio

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kuntrygirl, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Just curious to know what is everyone's drake to hen ratio. Do any of your drakes tend to favor one hen over another hen? I have 1 particular hen that these guys just love and I have no idea why because there are enough females to go around. [​IMG]
     
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Songster

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    I like 3 hens per drake. Be careful though because of cliques.
     
  3. HamandLily

    HamandLily Chirping

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    I agree that one drake should have 3-4 females, however, I have seen drakes that do choose their 'favourite' out of the girls!
     
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    I have had pairs, trios, and a group 3: 3 in the past - all with no problems.
    I even have 1 pen with two drakes and a single female ...but one of the drakes is an Aylsebury three times the size of the duck... so he doesnt get anywhere near her...lol
    In a back yard / farm - 1 drake to 2-4 ducks is good- any more and you risk fertility problems- but in a commercial venture where there are hundreds of ducks housed together a ratio of 1 drake to up to 10 ducks may be used. For in between - the more birds you have the less drakes..ie: 1:1 if you only have two ducks... 2: 6 For 8 birds 3: 12 4: 20.... ETC... Of course it can also depend on the breed - with some drake only having one mate for life.
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Well, my problem is that I think that the drakes are singling out 1 particular hen. And the reason that I think this is because she is always dirty. She has webbed mud foot prints on her all the time. She is mounted the most. I have 28 hens and 7 drakes. Is that ratio too high? Do I have too many drakes? If so, what would you suggest the hen to drake ratio be? Thanks for any advice.
     
  6. Scottingitup

    Scottingitup Songster

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    Well I can tell you my ratio is out of wack.. the boys are fighting. Well frank the tank is - I put him in the chicken pen tonight for timeout.

    3 rouen drakes, 2 rouen hens, 1 runner hen and 1 runner drake. The runner drake is getting picked on bad - the feathers on the back of his neck are a mess [​IMG]
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Poor Frank The Tank. I'm signing a petition to have him released immediately. He is INNONCENT! [​IMG]
     
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    Poor Frank The Tank. I'm signing a petition to have him released immediately. He is INNONCENT! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Poor Frank the Tank
     
  9. aineheartsyou

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    well I am waiting on my order of 10 ducklings and there is a possibility that i will have 2 drakes but i am hoping for 1
     

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