Three Dead Ducks....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bettyboop7499, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Bettyboop7499

    Bettyboop7499 Songster

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    So..last Spring we bought four Pekin Ducklings and twenty other chicks to add to our farm. I could not wait for those duck eggs! Well, it turns out my husband has a nack at picking out Drakes because that's what we ended up with ALL drakes! We did end up having to cull one that became lame, there was nothing we could do..chances are that was my one and only female. Anyway, as the ducks have come into age they are wanting to mate which is totally understandable BUT there are no female ducks to mate with so they have been going after my hens! In particular my Rhode Island Reds, one poor hen is so small because she hasn't been able to eat with the flock, she actually has to run for her life to the pig area and eats pig scraps:( ! I've been trying to find a home for them because we don't particularly like to eat duck but to no prevail, apparently nobody wants drakes and I have no good area for them. In the meantime, I've tried to brake this habit..of course I've had no success. Yesterday, I open up the coop and out come the chickens and again the Reds stay behind hesitant to come off the roost and sure enough when they do all three ducks go after them. Then when the ducks failed to get a Red they attack one of my Black-Laced Wyandotte hens, get on top of her and try to mate. They seem to do this as a group, so my poor hen has two ducks on top of her holding the back of her head down and climbing on her back. Well that WAS IT!

    I told my husband,:rant "I don't care anymore, I tried to find them homes..They have to be culled or they are going to end up killing one of my chickens!" So, when my husband gets home I get everything ready for doing the deed. I get dress in coveralls (it's cold here in MI)and we go out to the run. Well, whoever said ducks are easy to catch must have never tried to catch one-those guys are faster than they look and they flap their wings to make it even harder. I eventually caught the first one that my husband had nicknamed Double D for "Dickhead Duck" (I know...I'm sorry! He has that name for a reason though, he is the alpha duck and to earn that title he had to be a bit aggressive with the other drakes, for example; the last nice weekend we had before winter really hit I had filled up their pool so they could get one last bath. He would not let the other ducks get in until after he was in and had first bath. So he earned DD). Anyway back to the story, I caught DD and handed him to my husband until I could get back over the fence..my husband handed DD back to me and he immediately nuzzles his head in my hair and laid his head on my shoulder...my husband was like, "Now that's too freaking cute" "ahhh, look how sweet he is.." and all the frustration and anger I had for these ducks melted away! Needless to say no one was culled! We caught each of them and built a temp house for them in my fruit garden area. I will have to figure out something else when Spring arrives but for now it will do. So...Double D threw his pride out the window and himself on the metaphoric grenade and saved his pack! He's not such a 'DD' after all! :love

    Anyway thought I would share that funny story. BTW: Does anyone know how many females I need with three drakes?
     
  2. Texag87

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    Six for Double D and 3 each for the other two drakes
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    One thing that may happen is they will begin to attack each other now that they are confined from the Chickens. Best of luck.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    So sweet you gave them a reprieve. Hopefully you'll be able to find them some girls asap. at least 3 each may be enough. :fl
     
  5. Bettyboop7499

    Bettyboop7499 Songster

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    Thank you! I have been keeping an eye on them and since they are right outside my kitchen window now, I can keep a close eye on them. They have been getting along great, we have had some pretty nasty weather here in MI..I think it's too cold for them to do anything but huddle right now.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Great story, I loved it!
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    You might be okay. Lots of people keep bachelor flocks and don't have problems. :fl
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

  9. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    It's hard to say what will happen. As others said, they may go for each other, they may be ok, or in spring with hormones in full swing they may be significantly worse. Even if you give them ladies and they all live together there is no guarantee they will stop going after the chickens. It's also possible the female ducks and chickens will not get along with each other and you will have a whole new set of problems. :idunno
     
  10. thumper650

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    Yes, and everything is just ducky.......for now!
    My experience is that yes they will fight through breeding season. And resume being best buds in Late August. I have 4 drakes this year and I suspect one is more aggressive than the others. I'm going to try to seperate them into groups, or isolate the aggressive one, but I am prepared to give everyone their own living space come spring. It is a pain in the butt four waters, four food bowls, pools, houses etc. I love my duckies though, so a little more work is no big deal.
     

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