Duck Behavior questions ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jiannax11, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. Jiannax11

    Jiannax11 In the Brooder

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    I have two Pekin ducks and one Indian Runner. One Pekin and the Indian Runner are males. The two male ducks Bob their heads up and down a lot, does this mean anything? Are they just trying to impress and show off to the female?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Yup, pretty much. Two drakes is most likely too much for one girl. Drakes, when they reach sexual maturity, may gang up on the female and cause injury or worse. Please protect her. I cannot say 100% for sure, but most of the time if there are fewer than three females per drake (and sometimes even with good ratios), ducks suffer.
     
  3. Jiannax11

    Jiannax11 In the Brooder

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    If we were to go out and get another female or two, would this help?
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    I think it would. In any case, it is good to watch the relationships between ducks. They can act quite unexpectedly, and I feel their people need to be willing to intervene if it looks like someone's well being is at risk.
     
  5. Realtree4

    Realtree4 Chirping

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    This. We had 3 drake and 3 ducks and there weren't any problems...at all! They were young and I thought I had some time to rehome the two drakes. Then suddenly, one morning I went out there and all three drakes were trying to mate at the same time with only one duck. They were 18 weeks old, thought I had a few more weeks. Nope! So needless to say, we now have 1 drake and 3 ducks and the world is a safe place for those ducks.

    Live and learn....and I wouldn't have more than 1 boy to 3-4 girls again.....
     
  6. Jiannax11

    Jiannax11 In the Brooder

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    My dad doesn't want to get another female duck, but he was thinking about making another pen to seperate the two hens with the female duck from the two male ducks. Is that a good idea?
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Separation should work.
     

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