Mallard drakes fight like girls

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChickInDelight, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    At first, I was horrified at both the way the drakes fight, and also how they breed my darling little Mallard girls. [​IMG]

    Every day, I look for missing feathers, marks - any sign of injury, but alas, everyone looks great. [​IMG]

    The Mallard drakes pinch each others necks, and pull feathers, and dance around each other like the fight scene from Bridget Jones' Diary. Malcolm has claimed all 3 ducks for himself. Melvin is often isolated completely from the flock, is not allowed to swim with the girls, and has to wait to use the pool all alone. [​IMG]

    Too many drakes spoil the flock. [​IMG]
     
  2. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, sounds like they fight the way my two girls used to fight [​IMG] how many male and female ducks do you have?
     
  3. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    I have 2 Mallard drakes and 3 Mallard ducks. I also have 2 Pekin drakes. No one fights with them, and I swear, I am afraid they might drown those poor little Mallard girls.
     
  4. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nah. Probably just mating. But you might want to get a few more girls? Or seperate/sell some boys? Just a thought?
     
  5. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    Oh yes - they are mating - but not as nicely as the Mallards. [​IMG] That is what is so funny. The Mallards fight with one another over the girls, but no one bothers the big Pekins.

    I am growing 3 baby Pekin girls, but they are still very young. [​IMG]

    This seems to be the basis of duck math. "Oh no - I have too many drakes! Must get more girly ducks." [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Very frequently multiple drakes gang breeding hens have drowned them. Esecially when the drakes are far larger than the hens. If they were mine, I would be very cautious about allowing the Pekins access to the mallard hens.
     
  7. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    Yikes. Perhaps it is time to radically reduce the level of water in the baby pool.
     

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