Mixing breeds in a flock

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LemonDoodles, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two pekin drakes who are on the small side (4.8lbs and 7lbs). We are toying with the idea of getting two more boys (addicting, yes). I would love to have a Runner and a Call. I'm especially wondering about adding the Call... Is this a bad idea or should it be okay?
     
  2. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mixed flock does well, but they grew up together...hopefully someone else can advise.
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I added two calls to my flock of six ducks and they were pushed away, but evertually the other ducks became nice to them.
     
  4. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    1 drake to 3 or more females. You will see why. [​IMG]
     
  5. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any females and I wasn't thinking about adding any. Four boys wouldn't work?
     
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  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Holderread says ducks are much easier to integrate than other birds but you might have trouble having a flock of bachelors that weren't raised together and I'd worry about the call getting drowned. Even if they are all males they will still attempt to mate eachother and that could prove dangerous with such a size difference.
     
  7. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dont add the call the pekins will kill it and dont mix the breeds.[​IMG]
     
  8. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one lonely call duck in with the rest of mine. He never gets picked on! I have a large variation of breeds, pekins, khakis, buff, swedish, etc. They do not pick on each other like chickens do. There is usually a little squabble when you introduce newcomers, but they get over it quickly and usually get along just fine.
    I think you are being very wise to only get drakes. You will have trouble if you put females in with all of those boys, but as long as there aren't and hens to fight over, the drakes should get along just fine [​IMG]
    Good luck and let us know how it goes!
     

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