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Having major behavioral issues with trio of drakes

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Snipes, May 29, 2011.

  1. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    I've actually been abroad for two months and return in a few days, but my sitter tells me I am in for a rough time because they are being holy terrors to each other and biting and fighting and just being unpleasant towards each other and people. They have plenty of varied food and outdoor time, and they don't have females to actually fight over. I thought this would go away when their hormones went down. I can give more details in a few days when I see them again, but I wonder if anyone can help me to understand and maybe be able to fix why my drakes are being big jerks? Thanks!
  2. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  4. chikky

    chikky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2009
    Glenmont, Ohio
    Hormones is my only guess.....I had 2 drakes (no ducks) that absolutely drove me crazy til mating season was over, then all was well. My drake is still mating some, maybe the season's not over yet?

    Good luck.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Its hormones... ya just gotta deal with it. Sorry. [​IMG]
  6. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Bedfordshire, England
    As they've said, hormones! My two boys drive me crazy at this time of year, constantly trying to bite me, getting right under my feet and fighting with each other. We originally had just them, then thought since they were trying to mate with me we should get some girls. Well this breeding season has come around and even with 4 lovely girls they're acting the same! One of the boys has finally got the hang of mating this past week, but the other is intent on having just me! I just have to think to myself it's only a few months... [​IMG]
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I have 3 call drakes-they are 1 yr old and get along great! They do attempt to mate eachother from to time but no fighting nothing with them..Not sure whyas I've been waiting for me to post something just like you did?? Seriously-Ive been looking for girls for a few months now but watching them and how sweet they are with eachother I think Im leavin that trio alone-they are just pets and dont NEED anymore ducks:) Hope you find a resolution!
  8. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Hormones? Well, that's what I thought, but I swear they've been at this for like 6 months, how long does the very season last, lol!
  9. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    Durham, Connecticut
    give them 'toys' to entertain themselves with.

    Toss in a few tennis balls, hang a mirror, give them half a watermelon to nibble at, toss a small floating ball in their pool, put minnows in their pool for them to hunt and eat.

    It's mostly hormones but you should be able to distract them a bit with toys and treats.

    Good luck!
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I eat rude, obnoxious drakes. The man of the flock now is always polite, eats from my hand and never nips or bites. He is very protective of his ladies, but isn't hostile to people. Some drakes are just jerks.

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