Ratio of male/female Muscovy ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Linds982, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Linds982

    Linds982 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!
    My friend and I each took 6 of a litter of 12 Muscovy ducks(mom got hit by a car). They are just getting to the age where we can distinguish males from females-I have 4 females and 2 males. She brought it my attention yesterday that she has 5 males and 1 female! That seems like a bad ratio of males for that poor female that my friend has. These are our first ducks, and aware that she may have a problem, what is the ideal ratio of males to females? Sounds to me like she should maybe get a few females? I could take a male from her-but sounds like she will still need females. Maybe a stupid question, but will she probably need to find ducks of roughly the same age? Mine have a pond, and fly back and fourth from the fenced chicken yard to the pond area. Hers have approximately 1 acre of land they share with chickens, and a baby pool.
    Thanks for any input you have!!!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Welcome!

    I don't keep Muscovies, but generally speaking, one drake to three or more females is a ratio to aim for. Drakes are different, a few seem to be able to be gentlemen with one female, some guys need half a dozen so they don't wear out the females.

    I look forward to reading responses from our Muscovy people. May you all have good lives - long lives - together.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    2-3 per that said depends on all sorts of things(personality, lay-out and so forth). I don't have that ratio here and for the moment it works but i don't recommend it, i have quite a few drakes who choose a single female and aren't interested in others, i then have some who like a few... i have excess due to hatches this past year, and i chose to keep them on as extra heat.. so packing peanuts lol

    I will reevaluate in spring and remove on a as per needed basis. 19 birds total, 12 ducks(2 are not scovies) and 7 drakes(all Muscovy) all free ranged and drakes are separated in various set-ups for nights.

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  4. Linds982

    Linds982 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think I should offer to take a few of the male ducks from my friend-we are in a situation where a few more ducks would be fine-but I think I would still need more females. I just saw a Craigslist ad for brown barred muscovies-3 females(all of mine are black and white). They look to be about the same age though. Within reason, how much do you think a month or 2 age difference matters? These look mature but still filling out and would probably get more red on their faces. Mine are roughly the same.
     
  5. Going Quackers

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    Probably not as long as their older.. like i wouldn't put a new hatchling with a 2mth old but a 6mth old with a 7/8mth old wouldn't matter to much. Keep them separated though, you'll need a quarantine period then intro with caution. I added a new girl this fall, she was inbetween my ages of this years hatches... it went shockingly well, i still am shaking my head at how well it went lol Scovies have tough pecking orders especially females.
     
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