Single drake

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aesch, Jul 12, 2019 at 7:02 AM.

  1. aesch

    aesch Chirping

    Jun 30, 2017
    Recently I had 5 of my 6 ducks processed. Couldn't catch that last one no matter how I tried. Since Mr. Quackers managed to avoid the trip to freezer heaven (for now), I'm wondering how he will adapt to the single life. He's a Khaki Cambell, 14 weeks and sexually mature, stays in a 1/4 acre fenced pasture with chickens who tolerate him. He could easily fly out but prefers to stay where he is. Any thoughts? I do have a large area with 4 turkeys he could stay in but I would have to build him a coop; not really wanting to do that. And NO WAY am I getting any more ducks. Thanks.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019 at 7:07 AM
  2. Fishsticks06

    Fishsticks06 Chirping

    Jun 1, 2019
    Western North Carolina.
    Though I don’t know much about ducks, he’d probably be lonely. I say craft and use a Shepard’s hook to wrap around his leg, then you can reel him in and you’ve got him.
  3. aesch

    aesch Chirping

    Jun 30, 2017
    Tried that. Let's just say it wasn't pretty. Lol. Unfortunately I am physically limited in my mobility so running around isn't an option. I trapped the others but he escaped and didn't fall for it a second time. The processors are a 40 mile one way trip which I will be taking in the fall with my turkeys so hopefully my drake will go with them at that time. I guess what I'm looking for are ways to keep him from flying off and getting into mischief.
  4. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

    Apr 30, 2018
    Nova scotia
    Can he actualy take flight and fly over trees? none of my kcs could
  5. DuckyBabies

    DuckyBabies Songster

    Oct 15, 2018
    This sounds crazy, but try to trap him with a laundry basket if you can. That’s how my husband catches our drake when we need to give him a check over. He won’t let me catch him for anything, and he’s not even that fast, just elusive. He may be okay with the chickens around, but he also may get lonely not having a duck friend. My drake lost his mate this year and he wandered in the yard for days calling for her before I got him a new buddy.
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    He should be okay if he doesn't start breeding the chickens? Have someone catch him a few days before processing the turkeys in the fall. You can use a fishing net to catch if you can corner him.
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  7. Duckworth

    Duckworth Songster

    May 15, 2017
    U.S. Prairie
    If he starts trying to mate your chickens, he may injure them, so that would be the caveat about just waiting until fall.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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  8. katiebrock

    katiebrock Songster

    Apr 7, 2019
    Milledgeville, Georgia
  9. thumper650

    thumper650 Songster

    Mar 10, 2018
    Maynard, MA
    I’d find him a gf on Craigslist or something. They can have a time before they head to camp!
  10. aesch

    aesch Chirping

    Jun 30, 2017
    Thank you, everyone. He's going through some trauma, that's for sure. And mating with the chickens? Makes me shudder.
    No, but he does clear the low 3 ft fence easily. Fortunately my neighbor doesn't seem to mind his foraging in his yard. He just started this when the others had their first bad day.

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