Looking for suggestions and also have a newbie question or two

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ashlieneevel, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. ashlieneevel

    ashlieneevel Chirping

    Nov 24, 2014
    New Port Richey, Florida
    HI Everyone :)

    I am completely ignorant about ducks, but I find them to be quite beautiful creatures and would perhaps like to keep some in the future. Before I make such a commitment I naturally want to learn all that I can so this is where the research begins lol.

    I really like the look of ducks like mandarins. What other ducks are similar in appearance to them?

    It is my understanding that the males are the most attractive (not to say the females are ugly lol) and from what I have read that its ok to keep only males together without females. I do not want to breed ducks. I don't want to eat their eggs. I don't want to eat their meat. I really just want to look at them because they are pretty. Would it be ok to group a bunch of males of different breeds together or should I pair off males by breed and allow them each to have their own little pond and enclosure?

    Is there a sq ft amount i should be shooting for per duck? I believe I have read that they should have 10sq ft of water surface each, but I do not know about their houses or enclosure area.

    Do ducks require a similar amount of ventilation in their homes as chickens?

    Ok thats all for now.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.



  2. ashlieneevel

    ashlieneevel Chirping

    Nov 24, 2014
    New Port Richey, Florida
  3. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Songster

    Feb 9, 2014
    Mississippi Y'all
    I have no idea where you heard that male ducks could be the same as they would without females.

    No for madarins ( and every other duck )each male needs at the very least one female each.

    Now i had males live together with each other when my female rouens died back in 2008 and it is bad there is always a struggle for a mate and dominance and everything can go wrong, half of my male rouens actually turned G*y and since have not wanted to mate with any females. its a very unhealthy life style for ducks.

    So you need females if you want no fighting, and peacefulness at your water source that you have for them.

    I recommend getting Storey's guide to raising ducks! it helps alot and is quite interesting to read.
  4. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Crowing

    May 19, 2014
    Georgetown, TX
    I had 2 male pekins and they were happy as can be with just eachother. So I have to disagree the buff goose guy. My boys were raised together and I never had any problems. I have no idea if mandarins are the same as other domestic ducks. In fact I know nothing about them other than they are beautiful!
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2015
  5. Mrs.H

    Mrs.H Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    I started with 2 male Pekin ducks. They are happy as can be also. I have also added girls to the flock and both my males are still inseperatable, they eat together, they swim together, the discuss what they want to do next (lol seriously they do) They really could care less about anyone else
  6. Kaessa

    Kaessa Songster

    Jan 23, 2015
    Fruita, CO
    There are a lot of people who recommend an "all drake flock" for people who don't want eggs or ducklings.

    If you're looking for the most decorative ducks, it's usually the males who are the most colorful.
  7. LadyHawkeAvry

    LadyHawkeAvry Songster

    Jan 25, 2015
    Carlisle, NY
    Ducks are flocking birds, and always do best with company. Mine naturally separate by breed, but that is not always the case, as many are quite happy to form mixed flocks. Housing varies a little depending on climate, but the key elements are shelter from the elements, protection from predators, and clean water to bathe in. Kiddie pools work really well for just a few ducks, because they can be easily emptied and cleaned. Ducks foul water quickly, and need a clean water source to stay healthy. If you are in a cooler climate, a smaller house that holds heat well is better. Warmer areas should have enclosures with good air circulation to keep them cool.
    Whether males tolerate each other depends a lot on the breed. Some are more easygoing than others. Some of my drakes are really easygoing, and I have others that attack everyone. Buff Goose Guy is correct in that some males will pair bond with each other, and will have no interest in females even if they are introduced later. I have no experience with mandarins, so I don't know how aggressive the drakes for that breed are. Ducks can get really nasty when they fight, and can do quite a bit of damage, so I would check with a mandarin breeder with regards to how the drakes behave in a group.
    Research is key. Learn about the breeds you are interested in, talk to breeders and owners, and get a feel for what to expect. Keeping ducks can be quite rewarding!

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