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Fighting drakes!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nick97, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. nick97

    nick97 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Ya, so I just got some female mallards and before acquiring them, my two drakes were best buds . But now they fight one another and noticed that one has given up ir got tired of it and now the winner is continuously pecking and trying to pull the feathers off the losing duck. Should I seperate them or just let nature take its course because in the wild I know this must happen and is only to show off to the female who is stronger. I think, correct me if im wrong
     
  2. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Not sure but you might want to separate them, I don't know how much damage the dominate male duck can inflict but I know roosters will kill each other. How many girls did you get. The apparent rule is 3 per male.
     
  3. nick97

    nick97 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got two, one for each and two go at it for like ten minutes then stop, a while later they continue. I did seperate the two and seems to calm them down some bit.
     
  4. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    That's good.
     
  5. nick97

    nick97 Out Of The Brooder

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    Update: the enemies are now best buddies again. I gave them time out and seems to work. Thanks
     
  6. Kleonaptra

    Kleonaptra Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 3 drakes, one doesnt get involved in fighting or mating. The other 2 dont fight but team up to bring down the big pekin girls - they are little calls. They also seem to like fighting the isa brown chicken but not the australorp.
     
  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like your boys went through a "I saw her first" situation when the girls arrived. Their hormones ramped up and the only way to relieve their frustration was through fighting. They may have worked it out between them. But, breeding season is winding down, too, so hormones go down more this time of year. Next spring, they may ramp it up a bit, but probably not as bad as before.
     
  8. nick97

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    Yeah I glad they got over it. And thanks for ya'll help. I hope to have baby ducklings next mating season
     
  9. TracyLovesDucks

    TracyLovesDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say you might want to get more females. Maybe the drakes consider females to be a scarce resource, which is what could be making them aggressive. Even since things have calmed down between the drakes, they might overwork one or both of the females. Just watch out for signs of that (balding neck, limping, eye injuries, etc.).
     

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