How would you pair up your ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gritsar, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I am ordering 6 black runner ducks. I don't know how many of each sex to order? 3 pairs? 2 drakes, 4 hens? or 5 hens, 1 drake?
    I don't want any fighting. I won't care if they produce ducklings, but it's not a necessity either.
  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    5 hens 1 drake. The drake will breed them all.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yep I agree. Too many drakes will breed your hens to death.
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Or if you don't care about eggs, you could get all drakes. They are just as comical and not as loud.

    I personally would get all ducks. I like the eggs and love the looud quacking.
  5. 5 Ducks and 1 Drake.

    I once upon a time had 3 ducks and 8 drakes, not lot's of fighting but lots of over breeding, one drake is good for 8-10 ducks.

    ~LowCountry Poultry
  6. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I put 3 ducks to 1 drake........Guess I'm the only one that does this so far. (maybe I should rethink my ratio) [​IMG]
  7. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    right now I have 2 drakes and 1 duck ( yea I know poor duck ) but I plan on getting a few more ladies -
    get the 5 ducks 1 drake

  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    1 drake, 5 ducks it is. Thanks. [​IMG]
  9. afeatherfan

    afeatherfan Songster

    May 6, 2007
    I got 7 hen's to 1 male.. drakes are over sexed .. I would put my hen up crazy4chicks if i were you (poor thing) :(Till you get her some help..
  10. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    With me, I would have 2 drakes and 4 ducks, but I am a breeder and think about what could happen, like what if the one drake died or got eaten, then you would just have hens. But thats just me.

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