male to female ratio?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pullonyourboots, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. pullonyourboots

    pullonyourboots Out Of The Brooder

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    we started out with 6 female and 4 male pekins. We lost 1 due to a raccoon so were not if we lost a male or female. they are now 8 weeks old and a couple have curled tails and they are beginning to mate. We want to have lots of eggs and ducklings too. We also plan on culling a couple soon but were not sure if we should do one of each or two males... how many do you have of each to have a good supply of ducklings and eggs?
     
  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do not cull your females. With 6 females, your flock might be able to have 2-3 males. Depends on the drakes tho.
     
  3. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not keep more than one male to 3-4 females. I have one male and 5 females (Khaki Campbells) and that one drake is enough!
     
  4. pullonyourboots

    pullonyourboots Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah were noticing how aggressive the males are so to have little babies running around, im thinking 3-4 is too many.
     
  5. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I go 8 females to 2 drakes here as a rule, although currently I do have some immature drakes. They aren't all staying.
     
  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try to keep 2 males so that you have a back up in case you lose one. More than that (and maybe even with 2) and you will run into overbreeding and aggression.

    Are you going to be incubating your eggs? Pekin aren't known to be good broodies.
     

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