How to protect my female ducks from males in spring

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sjm123456, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. sjm123456

    sjm123456 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My drake recently passed away and he was great at fighting away the other male mallards that flew into our yard. I now have two female mallards and 2 female runner ducks. Even though its only fall I'm still worried about what I should do to protect my ducks from aggressive drakes. Should I get another drake, and if so what type of duck is best for my situation? Thank you and any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put them in a pen that is not accessible to the drakes.
     
  3. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Getting another drake could work, but it might not if you end up with a meek drake that doesn't fight off the others. My current drake is a total wimp and runs away from other drakes.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I was told a Gander works great at keeping drakes away from Ducks.......

    Get a Goose.....


    Cheers!!!
     
  5. sjm123456

    sjm123456 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im considering getting a goose. I was wondering though if he could hurt our females and if they make alot of noise?
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    A gander will mate with female ducks mine did and still will if one gets in the pool with him. My gander has a goose mate too. But he can't resist a female duck who comes on to him. When breeding season starts they will too. They can be noisy too. If you want a goose go with a female.
     
  7. TroyerSis

    TroyerSis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We recently had Drake over mating problems too [​IMG] Our issue was that we had too many drakes for the number of hens we have. We ended up eating one and giving away the other. How many drakes and hens do you have?
     
  8. sjm123456

    sjm123456 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 4 hens
     
  9. TroyerSis

    TroyerSis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have too many drakes they WILL over mate and sometimes harm the hens. You could try getting more hens or getting rid of drakes. We have 12 females and 1 drake and they seem happy.
     
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  10. sjm123456

    sjm123456 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont own any drakes, my only one recently died. Some wild drakes fly into my yard and mess with the females. I want to get a drake to bond and protect my females though
     

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