How often does a duck stay with mom like the geese do?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bernie131, Jun 12, 2019 at 1:53 AM.

  1. bernie131

    bernie131 Songster

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    How often does a drake stay with Momma duckie after the birth of the ducklings? I see the geese do it excellently but rarely with Mallards, does this happen often, does it depend on the breed?
     
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  2. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Drakes in the mallard ducks don't usually participate in rearing the ducklings. Muscovy drakes sometimes behave more like ganders but not always.
     
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  3. bernie131

    bernie131 Songster

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    He try's to help her but they are constantly on her and now. I can't find any ducklings,..I am just sick!!!
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    That’s very sad.:hit
     
  5. bernie131

    bernie131 Songster

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    We got two left , drakes won't leave her alone the babies freak out go to the middle of the lake screaming and the turtles have a meal. I got mama to the side and I threw sticks at the drakes while feeding mama, daddy and the 2 babies. Only thing the geese follow me too and they are territorial and they want the seed also so I try to feed them all separately but it is difficult. the baby goslings family are pretty attached and expect special attention and the goslings from last year remember me and want their attention to. I wish I could bring them home until the babies are bigger,..I pray for the little cutties
     
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    bernie131 Songster

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  7. bernie131

    bernie131 Songster

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    Mama and dad and 9 babies, how often does a drake stay with mom after the birth of babies? Never saw it before nor the other drakes still trying to mate with her and caused the loss of 7 ducklings
     
  8. the cluck juggler

    the cluck juggler Incubator Addict

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    Are these wild birds? Or do you own them? If you own them, separating mom and babies from the drake will be the obvious choice. If they're wild, not much to do except hope the drake will stop bugging mom. :( I have Muscovies, and the drake keeps mating mom after the ducklings are born, acting like the ducklings don't exist.
     
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    bernie131 Songster

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    Thanks, it is the other drakes at the pond that are after her and she has loss 7 already
     
  10. the cluck juggler

    the cluck juggler Incubator Addict

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    Have these other drakes found a mate this year? Single ones can be quite persistent in their quest to mate. Usually wild drakes will retire to a "gentleman's club" away from the females after their mate has gone broody. It'd be useless energy spent for them to follow the girls around after they've had their babies. Single, desperate ones might try to kill the ducklings in order to make the female start laying eggs all over again. Poor momma! :(
     
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