Pet Ducks Dumped in Neighborhood Pond, Help?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SansDuck, Feb 13, 2019.

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  1. SansDuck

    SansDuck Chirping

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    Good to know my Fergus isnt the only chatty boy lol

    Speaking of Fergus, I've notice lately (snice the babies became their neighbours) that it seems he has become more aggressive?

    One example, Fergus cornered Downey (she was facing him btw) and he grabs her by the head/neck area and then tries to mount her by stepping over her head/body, while still biting her. They were not in their pool, and Downy seem like she didnt want it as she tried to step backwards once Fergus grabbed her head.

    I was a little surprise, it seemed a bit aggressive even for duck matting.

    Another example, we thought Fergus was ready to to meet the babies...he was definitely not.
    First thing he did was bite Mini (the smallest duck) on her chest, he then did the same to another duck we assume is a girl.
    After that we sperated Fergus from the babies, not a great first meeting.

    Speaking of the babies.

    Downy will stand by the entrance were the babies are kept and will sleep their sometimes, it makes me think she wants to be in there with them.
    And the times we have put Downy in with the babies, she never seems like shes missing Fergus.

    Downys head still hasnt heal from Fergus's overmatting, witch makes me want to put her with the babies for a while. Fergus does freak out when hes alone, witch make sense.

    I just feel bad/guilty, and I'm not sure what to do.
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    If Downy likes being on the babies side and she isn’t mean then by all means give her some time away from Fergus. They are still right there he just won’t be able to abuse her. You’ll have to keep the hormonal boy away from the babies till they are laying age. We have to protect our females. Give her head time to heal. Things will calm down once the biggest part of breeding season is over. Fall is just around the corner! :lol:
     
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  3. SansDuck

    SansDuck Chirping

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    Thank you for replying so quick miss Lydia, I totally agree, protect the females. Honestly having a all girl flock is sounding better and better by the day, but I'm not going to give up on Fergus yet.

    I think we will sperate Fergus and Downy, he might be upset for awhile but he can still see her and quack at her all he wants. He has a pool, I think he will be fine.

    Just a curious question, will male ducks still fight with each other if they can see female ducks, but cant mate with them?
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Probably so. Those hormones just get the best of them. Most say best to keep drakes from being able to see the females but then they still may gang up on another drake down low in dominance. I never was able to keep multiple drakes together. I have two now Nd it’s only because my Runner is upright and evidently doesn’t pose a threat to my Muscovy drake that their isn’t any fighting. I would have never thought so though he never tolerated another Muscovy drake.
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    It’s some very hard decisions coming up for y’all as far as your drakes go.
     
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  6. SansDuck

    SansDuck Chirping

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    We do have some hard decisions, now that we are hearing quacking should we start looking for homes for the drakes?

    Also another question miss Lydia, how many ducks do you have for your two drakes?
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    My Runner has 8 females my Muscovy has 4. If your sure which ones are drakes maybe would be best before the hormones start.
     
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  8. SansDuck

    SansDuck Chirping

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    We will probably take another video of everyone, and post it here before we start putting up ads just to make sure the drakes are drakes.

    Your drakes have a lot of females to chose from, sadly I cant have that many ducks. I would like to keep one drake from the six babies, it would of been nice but it seems like its asking for more trouble.

    We really like Harley, hes very pretty, and I like that hes a small breed duck. But we're thinking hes a drake, maybe Harley is a female and shes just a late quacker?
    They're almost ten weeks old, when do they fully get their adult voices/feathers?


    Sorry for all the questions, I guess I'm just trying to find a way to keep Harley too. My S/O really likes Harley.

    With Downey and the new babies (if we are right about the genders), we now have four females but I dont think that's enough for two males.
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    It would be better if at least 3 or more for each drake and you would never be able to keep 2 hormonal drakes in a pen together. Free ranging you may be able to get away with it. But two drakes will also gang rape females too. It’s a tough life these ducks lead.
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I will tell you my two drakes do not work together. I have no idea why but my Muscovy drake sticks to his females my Runner sticks to his and will chase down a Muscovy if opportunity comes. They also have half acre to roam on so they aren’t penned up.
     
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