Duck Newb...Question on Flock Dynamic

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hokankai, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm considering getting 2-3 ducklings this spring...but I'm not sure how the flock dynamics would be with the genders. What if I end up with all drakes? all hens? two drakes and a hen? two hens and a drake? Do they do better in pairs or trios? I'm looking into Anconas in particular.

    What is the "ideal" gender setup for ducks? haha
     
  2. JoyAnna

    JoyAnna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most BYCers suggest one drake to at least 2 or 3 ducks, or all one gender. My two girls are quite happy with each other, and even so, one still mounts the other. I suppose I should add a drake for her.[​IMG]
     
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  3. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so how many should I start out with do you think? I want to end up with at least 3.
     
  4. JoyAnna

    JoyAnna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last April I bought four straight run for ther purpose of having eggs.

    Yep! ended up with four drakes.

    Best to buy sexed ducklings if you only want a few.
     
  5. Onewiththeducks

    Onewiththeducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could get 3, but if you want a specific gender, then consider having them sexed. I got 6 straight run ducks last April, and I was lucky to get only 2 drakes.
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    This is where Amiga jumps in and suggests you consider rescues - you'll know if you have drakes or ducks. [​IMG]
     
  7. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha I don't think there are rescue Anconas around here, which is what I want. I'm thinking about hatching some and trying my hand at vent sexing them! I think I'd like to end up with either a male female pair or a trio of hens.
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Well, keep an eye out, anyway. There are not often rescue runners around me, but they do pop up from time to time.
     
  9. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually don't trust adult birds from other peoples' properties for biosecurity reasons. I learned my lesson the hard way :\
     
  10. Amiga

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    Yes, it can be dicey sometimes. Do what is right for you.[​IMG]
     

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