Pros and cons of having a drake in your flock

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by neetabeamie, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking about getting a drake.
    I am torn though because I would live to breed in about two years but I am not sure if having a drake is right for me. Really I don't know much about them. I have tried resurching but I haven't found much.
    I would be getting a Welsh Harlequin drake along with four Girls. Only one will be a Welsh as well.
    I think I would only want to breed the Welsh...
    What do y'all think?
    Please help me decide
    I Would love to know the thing you like the most about having your drake and the thing you like the least please.
     
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  2. DisneyGal25

    DisneyGal25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a Cayuga drake and he's pretty good. He does have to be separated frequently because he can overbred our females.

    He did just give us four babies so right now I like him. Lol

    It's good for alerting us when things happen but can be aggressive. If you know you want ducklings get a drake but have a separate area for him if needed.
     
  3. DisneyGal25

    DisneyGal25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Cayuga/ Ancona crosses
     
  4. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness they are cute!
    I looked up Anconas because I am new to ducks obviously. and they are BEAUTIFUL
     
  5. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big of an area do you think a drake needs?
    and don't they only get Randy during mating season? or is it year round?
    when is mating season?
     
  6. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting 4 girls. is that too few for a drake?
     
  7. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They definitely get worse around mating season (starts in late February for my flock usually), but they'll mate all year round.
    I have 3 boys and 5 girls right now, and the boys are only a problem for one poor little girl - my mallard, Ruby Sue. Really I think just one boy, Tony, is most of her problem. He's really rough, plus he's a lot bigger than her. So for the past couple months, Ruby has been sectioned off by herself in the pen to recover (her little mallard boyfriends sit on the other side of the wire next to her, it's so cute). The other 4 girls are fine with the 3 boys - no bald heads/necks, no major feather quality issues, etc. So I guess it just depends...each flock is different.
     
  8. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have herd that ducks need water to mate...is this true?
     
  9. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It definitely encourages it, lol, but I've seen them do it plenty of times on the ground. As soon as I run a fresh pool though they go crazy making sweet duck love, haha.
     
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  10. The Duck Ladie

    The Duck Ladie Duck Addict

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    Ducks prefer to have water, water seems to encourage them to mate, and it seems easier for them, but I think they can mate without it.
     
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