Tips for dealing with rough drakes?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PearlTheDuck, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 females and 3 drakes, spring is pretty much here and the drakes are acting horrible! One drake attacks the other two drakes and they just run away from him or they'll just fight each other or gang up on one. Two of my female ducks crest are pretty much completely gone as the drakes have ripped out the feathers when mating. Does anyone have any tips or things I can do to help deal with this? I didn't know drakes could be such brats
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Boy they sure can. I would separate the drakes from the females give your girls some time away. If the drakes gang up on each other then let one out at a time to be with the girls and see if having 1 drake to the females will work. Your 2 penned up won't be happy but at least the girls won't suffer so much. Only other would be to rehome 2 of the drakes. I keep 2 drakes one has 4 females the other 6 never see a female with pulled feathers.
     
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  3. As Miss Lydia said. Separate the Drakes and only keep one if you need one?..
     
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  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

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    Looks like to many males to me also.

    I would only keep one and only if I plan to hatch ducklings to sell.
     
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  5. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even though they can be brats I'm really attached to them and love them so I definitely couldn't get rid of them lol
     
  6. I understand...Then separation is your best conclusion..:frow
     
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  7. HuskerHens18

    HuskerHens18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My drakes were brats to my girls as well, I penned them up in my chicken coop in my "isolation cage" and they got along fine. My girls were grateful ;)
     

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