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Drakes Unhappy Without Females?

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

  1. Finny

    Finny Songster

    Jan 5, 2014
    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.

  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Songster

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan
    Some people keep all-drake flocks, and it works, so I think they should be fine.
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    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 In 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 Songster

    Jan 5, 2014
    Thanks so much for all the input! I feel much better knowing my boys will still be happy!
  6. ducksinarow

    ducksinarow Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    Many extra drakes are killed so actually you are saving 4 lives. Good for you.
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    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 Songster

    Jan 5, 2014
    Sorry about your egg problems:( I can see how that can become a handful.
  9. kmlady518

    kmlady518 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2013
    Cleveland ohio
    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 Loving this country life Premium Member

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

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