Help....all of my "female" ducks have tail curls...Was I duped?? And three are attacking one.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NHAlison, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. NHAlison

    NHAlison Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    New Hampshire
    I have 2 pekins and 2 Blue Swedish that are about 4.5 months old. All were purchased as chicks and were told that they were females. (We want duck eggs. YUM)
    However, one Pekin has a raspy voice, they ALL have tail curls, and three are attacking and shunning the Pekin that doesn't have the raspy voice.
    Can anyone make sense of this for me? I've been all over Google, trying to research this, but am hitting brick walls.
    Can females have tail curls? Is the one Pekin the only female and they are trying to mate with her? Is her tail curl an anomaly?
    Or are they all males, and if so, why are they all picking on the one. Is that one safe?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If they are indeed tail curls, all are drakes. The one being attacked is probably the least dominant and the others are very likely trying to breed him. Testosterone driven drakes are nuts. Sometimes they get along and sometimes they pick a 'target' and torment and even kill him.
  3. NHAlison

    NHAlison Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    New Hampshire
    Thank you very much for that information! I have now separated the 3 from the 1 and now to figure out what to do with them....
  4. jducour

    jducour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2015
    Yep, it's a bunch of drakes figuring out their pecking order. I"m sorry you ended up with all drakes, especially if you wanted eggs. I got 5 straight run ducks this spring. All 5 turned out to be drakes. I decided to find a home for 3 of the drakes and have added 6 female ducks to my flock over the last few months. It has worked out really well!
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    You could advertise on Craigslist pick the drake or drakes you want to keep then start looking for females each drake should have at least 3 females each to keep the girls from being over bred.

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