Mating

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckeg, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. duckeg

    duckeg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys i have a male and a female pet duck ,since they are mating from early spring there is a huge bald spot on the back of her head, is there anyway to make him stop mating?
    PS: i don't wannna separate them
    Ps:she's molting too
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2016
  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need more females for him. The ideal ratio is one male to at least 3 females. This way the females share the "burden" of having a hormonal drake during breeding season and will not end up bald. So, the best thing you can do for your girl is get more females. And possibly separate her from the drake for a little while so she can heal up and get a break.
     
  3. duckeg

    duckeg Out Of The Brooder

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    yea i know but the problem is i dont have enough space for more ducks
     
  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I see. Well, the best solution would be to either separate them while she heals up and grows back her feathers, or possibly re-home your drake and get her a female friend instead so you don't have this issue. Unfortunately, drakes are very very hormonal during breeding season and nothing can be done to calm them down until breeding season is over (usually in the Fall). They just need lots of females to keep them busy so there isn't one girl taking all the damage.
     

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