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Drakes Unhappy Without Females?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Finny, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Finny

    Finny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been randomly reading some threads, and on some of them some people say that drakes are unhappy without any female ducks. Is this true? I have an all drake flock of three (I have a three week old male magpie duckling who is going to join them when the weather gets warmer). I want them to be happy, so if they are going to be unhappy without females i would like to know.
    Thanks!
     
  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people keep all-drake flocks, and it works, so I think they should be fine.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think so, as HDF said many keep drake flocks, not a thing wrong with that. Actually, when keeping mixed sexes it complicates things. [​IMG]
     
  4. DucksinOR

    DucksinOR Out Of The Brooder

    I volunteer at a place that has an all drake flock, and they are happier now than when they had hens.
     
  5. Finny

    Finny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for all the input! I feel much better knowing my boys will still be happy!
     
  6. ducksinarow

    ducksinarow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many extra drakes are killed so actually you are saving 4 lives. Good for you.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    There are a number of people who prefer all-drake flocks. And from what I have heard, in most cases, if there are no girl ducks around, a boys' club works out very well.

    Some just don't want to worry about all the egg-laying problems that can come up. And it is a heartache. We have lost two to egg yolk peritonitis, and I constantly try to resolve the issues that a few of my ducks have with laying. Sechs had a prolapse last year. That was white-hot scary.

    So, bravo, boys!!
     
  8. Finny

    Finny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about your egg problems:( I can see how that can become a handful.
     
  9. kmlady518

    kmlady518 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an all drake flock of three. I had 2 girl I had to rehome because of improper ratio problems. It has worked out alright. They seemed bothered right after I got rid of the girls but I think they were reworking the pecking order. The only thing I noticed is my one boy likes to "get it on" with one of my other drakes. I dont know if that is normal or not
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I think that is pretty normal. It's also a dominance thing with drakes.
     

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