Ducks Getting Aggressive?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by WalkerH, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. WalkerH

    WalkerH Songster

    I have two pekin drakes who are attempting to mate with a single pullet they were raised with. I have blocked them off but the female flies up into their area when they are let out to free range. As I wanted to get some females anyway I have been looking around and it seems now it a fine time to buy them. Someone is selling some female muscovies for 5 dollars each and they are seven months old. My mom is fine if I get some, as I pay for feed and all the other needed stuff, but she believes that once they start laying they will get aggressive though. And that is the only reason she doesn't want me to get them. I was under the assumption that geese can get aggressive and drakes can get aggressive, but I wasn't aware ducks get aggressive once they start laying, I haven't actually ever heard of this. What do you all, who already own ducks, think? Ever had any aggressive muscovies become aggressive once they start laying?

    Oh and I don't plan on hatching out any eggs either. If I do I will get a male muscovy, as I do know that a muscovy crossed with a different breed duck will create a sterile mulescovy.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2011

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Quote:When a female duck goes broody she will protect her eggs, she may pinch you when you try to take her eggs but i have not had one of my muscovy hen attack me or be overly aggressive. Just remember to keep the girls from being over mated you should have at least 2 to 3 females for each drake. Don't get me wrong when my girls was brooding earlier this summer she would pinch the daylights out of my hand but It wasn't life threatening. [​IMG] just kidding.
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    My Muscovy hens have been laying for over a month now and their not the least bit aggressive.. actually quite sweet!
  4. WalkerH

    WalkerH Songster

    Yes, I can see them becoming slightly aggressive or severely aggressive when they are protecting a nest or such, when they are brooding. My mom just thinks they will attack you unprovoked, like a rooster.
  5. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    My only experience has been with 2 pekin drakes, 2 muscovy drakes, and 2 muscovy ducks. The males have always been way more aggressive and brave. The girls will run from anything and anyone bigger than them. The boys will give my 70lbs bullmastiff mix a quick pinch if she gets too close. The girls will run from my 15lbs poodle mix.

  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I've never had a duck be aggressive. On the other hand, I am mystified by all the people having problems with aggressive drakes, because I have never had a drake so much as think about being even marginally unpleasant.
  7. didak

    didak In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2011
    yes they will get agressive if she is in a situation where she is mating because the eggs are fertile and she will instintively protect them. I would get a male muscovy to be safe as I have been in the same situation.
  8. WalkerH

    WalkerH Songster

    Quote:Yes, mine just run away. The only time I get them to come near me is with bribery of food. And even then they eat and run away.
  9. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Muscovy moms are tough. I saw one of mine fly up into a rooster and grabbed him in the throat because he pecked one of her babies as it walked by. But they are very gentle when laying.

  10. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    I have no experience with muscovy laying (yet) but a runner hen i used to have was like the devil once she went broody. She was so dedicated that she wouldn't get off the nest to eat so I removed her daily. It was like approach quick, grab her, let her go by the food, and get out of the way. It was worse when the eggs hatched. What a protective mom. I didn't mind, they are not suppossed to be good moms. But she was only doing what came naturally. There was never an instance of unwarranted aggression.

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