Lost my female duck and now my male is alone :(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cathy8606, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. cathy8606

    cathy8606 New Egg

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    She got killed early this morning and he is now alone... Is it ok to get an other female for him about the same age? or should I get a younger duck so there is no issues? He is about a year... He keeps calling for her... It breaks my heart :(
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG]. I'm sorry for your loss [​IMG]. I would advise establishing what killed your duck and getting rid of it before adding in another duck. The same predator could come right back and do the same thing to the new hen.
     
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  3. cathy8606

    cathy8606 New Egg

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    I am sure I just let them out too early in the morning. I will just keep them inside until I build them a bigger coop... as for my question????
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry, that is so sad. I agree with Kevin, your going to have to sort out what got her as it'll likely be back. Are they penned? free ranged?

    Are you able to get more ducks? i would probably opt for 2-3 ducks myself.. as that is a better ratio than 1:1
     
  5. cathy8606

    cathy8606 New Egg

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    Do drakes like having more then one hen? And do hens get alone?
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, mainly though it's more for the benefit of the duck, drakes can be a bit.. er demanding? that helps spread the love lol I currently have 2 drakes and 8 ducks, which is being increased to 10 ducks this spring and it may go a touch higher if my duck that is sitting gives us anymore girls.
     
  7. cathy8606

    cathy8606 New Egg

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    His late wife never had any complaints but I think he would like 2 girls. He used to fallow her around everywhere and now all he does is call for her... 2 girls it is :) Thank you very much for your advice!
     
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  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    As 1yo probably not, it gets worse though... good plan with 2, he likely will enjoy the company.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    So sorry for your loss, please let us know when you get him some girl friends and be on the look out because what GQ said about the pred is true it will be back.
     
  10. Nebraskagirl

    Nebraskagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am very sorry for your loss :( It is hard when you have only two and one dies. I went through that TWICE and still only have one drake and one duck and they do really well together and both are just under one year old. Our predator was a hawk and there are only certain things you can do to prevent an attack like cover the entire run, and I only let them free range when I am supervising (I stay home so that works out ok, they get plenty of roam time.) Good luck.
     

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