Gender changes temperament?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by backyardflock1, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. backyardflock1

    backyardflock1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    364
    27
    103
    Jan 22, 2014
    Massachusetts
    Hi, I am going to be getting 2 ducks as ducklings. My question is: If I get two drakes or two females will the gender have any impact on their friendliness, or is it the handling time that counts? If I were to get a male and a female, would that make them less human friendly? Thanks :)
     
  2. backyardflock1

    backyardflock1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    364
    27
    103
    Jan 22, 2014
    Massachusetts
    Just a friendly bump :)
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    7,538
    345
    311
    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Not really, i have both here (drakes and ducks) some birds are just friendlier than others. Now as for a pair, drakes really should have at least 2-3 ducks minimum more the better especially some of the larger breeds.

    For noise, drakes will win with most breeds for quiet, females can be quite loud.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2014
  4. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,553
    328
    216
    May 19, 2014
    Round Rock, TX
    Just pick whatever you want at this point :) It is really dependent on the duck themselves.
     
  5. backyardflock1

    backyardflock1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    364
    27
    103
    Jan 22, 2014
    Massachusetts
    Thanks for the replies guys! :) I think I might go with two drakes right now because it is nice they are quieter, and from what I hear females can get pretty loud. The drakes hopefully will be ok when they mature that they don't have any females. They don't lay eggs, but just for starting out it is easier to get drakes due to their noise. Hopefully if I got females later they wouldn't fight. Short term drakes are better, but longer terms females might be better because two drakes would mean I would have to get more females. I think I remember you (needlessjunk) saying you had two drakes, do they get along with each other and you fine? Thanks :)
     
  6. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,553
    328
    216
    May 19, 2014
    Round Rock, TX
    They get along very well and my kids hand feed them. I didn't purposelly get drakes and they are going to a new home soon to make room for some girls. I'm really going to miss them though and I'm quite attached to them. Today they didn't really fight at all to be picked up once I got them into the corner. I think you will be happy with either sex. Are you keeping them inside for a while? That will help them get use to you and of course lots of handling.
     
  7. backyardflock1

    backyardflock1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    364
    27
    103
    Jan 22, 2014
    Massachusetts
    Yes, they will be inside for a while. What is the reason you are replacing the drakes with girls? Thanks :)
     
  8. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

    759
    13
    151
    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    Hi,
    I have both female ducks and drakes - for the most part, my call ducks are friendlier than the larger breeds and except for a few drakes, I find the females friendlier. All of my drakes start out friendly as ducklings, but seem to become more stand offish as they mature. This may be because of the females, I'm not sure, but I do have some boys that will eat peas out of my hand.
    I did want to add that though I have never experienced this, some people say their drakes will try to mate with their chicken hens - just be aware of this if you do get 2 males and no females.
    And yes, the girls can be noisy!
     
  9. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,553
    328
    216
    May 19, 2014
    Round Rock, TX
    Eggs :) for some reason I just don't see my boys being able to accomplish that. If we had the room everyone would be staying.
     
  10. backyardflock1

    backyardflock1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    364
    27
    103
    Jan 22, 2014
    Massachusetts
    Because I am only able to order 2 I want to make sure I choose the best gender. I don't know if the ducks are making the drakes less friendly or if drakes are just less friendly in general. This is a tough decision!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by