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question about ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wvgal61, May 23, 2010.

  1. wvgal61

    wvgal61 Songster

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    I have 4 ducklings, I think they are mallards or similar. They are female, Will they be ok without a male. If I get a male will one be enough or will I have to get one for each female. If I only get one male will all the eggs be fertile, or will he pick one mate? Thanks
     
  2. SugarDuck

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    My understanding is that ducks are mostly monogamous for one year but some of the larger more sedentary breeds can be monogamous for several years. Not sure that they need male ducks to be happy though? I have noticed in our Pekin ducks that we have two male ducks and two females. The males are typically in the lead where ever they go with a female walking behind them. They of course will lay eggs with out the male but I had also heard that ducks typically on breed once a year, not sure that I'd agree with that though. I bet like chickens though they will be just fine without the males.
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    You don't need a male unles you want fertile eggs and you will only need one drake for the four ducks. [​IMG]
     
  4. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

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    it's better to have more females than males. drakes can be pretty rough with their females.
     
  5. wvgal61

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    Thanks This site is awesome:love!!
     

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