Male Duck Behavior - Normal?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Khasimir, May 17, 2016.

  1. Khasimir

    Khasimir Just Hatched

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    We have 13 Golden 300's, 10 females and 3 males that are nearly a year old. I've noticed this past week the females have some thin spots on the back of their necks, which can only be from when the males, uh, "do their thing" to the female.
    Interestingly enough, one of the males has a tendency to go over to the female that is being stood upon and pecks at her head/neck area as well.

    Anyways, are thin spots on the back of the neck fairly normal in season or is this behavior that needs to be more closely monitored?
     
  2. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    That is a normal thing. The male ducks hold on to the heads of the females. As long as it dont' become bloody I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Yes, mating behavior - - - do keep an eye out. Thin spots are one thing, bald spots are another. Sometimes drakes choose a favorite, and her health and even her life can be in danger.

    We just don't know when or with whom this will happen. It can be different every spring.

    Glad you are taking your role as duck steward seriously. [​IMG]
     
  4. HeatherD42

    HeatherD42 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have to separate my drake during breeding season because he bloodies my girls. With multiple drakes you also have to worry about them piling on one duck in the water and drowning her
     
  5. Khasimir

    Khasimir Just Hatched

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    Thanks. We've really enjoyed the experience and have recently received a shipment of Welsh Harlequin ducklings to expand our number. [​IMG]
     
  6. Khasimir

    Khasimir Just Hatched

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    This is a good point. I might consider doing this if it gets to the point of where the backs of their necks are a little bloody.


    Thanks for the insight everyone!
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2016
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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