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Puberty or just being a jerk?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eggybritches, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. eggybritches

    eggybritches Songster

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central Florida
    So my boys I think are starting to hit puberty. Every time I walk up to the pond August (my brown drake) puffs up really big and squawks at me. He's got Trudy (my white/silver) drake doing the same.

    Here's a video. What's he doing?

    Also, he's showing a lot of head bobbing. Is this a precursor to mating? My only female is my fawn and white and I've been contemplating getting rid of her and just having two or three males, but I didn't think I'd need to this early. They're about 2 1/2 months old now.


  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    Yes he looks like he is being territorial and the head bobbing does mean mating....
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Yup looks like raging hormone behavior. That head bobbing is a mating thing for sure. Nip it in the bid with him if you can now. Scoop him up and pet him and carry him around...let him know you are in charge.

    Afterthought for you : If you have more drakes and only one female, you are in trouble. If you take her away leaving only the boys, the boys will fight and they could kill each other. If you leave her, she could be overmated. I would drop it down to her and one drake or add more females.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2010

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