Help! Duck mating hens.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by coopdeville08, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. coopdeville08

    coopdeville08 Out Of The Brooder

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    I need some advice with our male muscovy. He has been mating with one of our chickens. We have separated the two but its only a matter of time before he will start on another one. My question is if we get a female duck for him will he leave the chickens alone. I tried separating him but he flys were he wants. Do I have any hope in keeping him and the chickens together??
    Will one female be enough for him?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If your drake continues to mate your hen, he may physically injure or kill her. Muscovies are clumsy breeders and can scratch backs or break bones. Chicken anatomy is not designed for the insertion of objects (drake's penis), and he may cause a cloacal prolapse and death of the hen. Either get rid of him, clip his wings, or improve your pens. Now that he has discovered "variety" in his sex life, it is unlikely that he will change.
     
  3. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd try getting a female duck for him. I have a drake and duck (scovie) in a pen with 6 chickens. The drakes never given them a second glance and they all get along nicely. I reckon another duck will make him happier too.
    But Sourland has a point, not sure if he'll continue to try to mate your hens since he think he can? [​IMG]
    Good luck

    Oh by the way, usually *atleast* 2 female ducks are best - so that one female doesn't get 'hammered' by the one drake. I've heard of injuries and death's from a muscovy drake being to rough on one female. I think the ratio is one drake to four females? Cant remember, sorry.
     
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