Too many males?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by veggiegirl, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. veggiegirl

    veggiegirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,

    I currently have 2 males and 3 females and everyone gets along great. Some one wants to give me 3 males, would this create problems? Would there be a lot of fighting?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Why ruin a good thing? There would probably be fighting and for sure your females would be seriously overbred and very likely injured if not killed. I see nothing but problems if you add more drakes to your small flock.
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    The general rule is around 8-10 hens per rooster, so even if you had just one rooster, you are considerably short on hens. I would not entertain the idea of any more roosters under any circumstances.

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  4. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are talking about ducks or chickens?

    2 males to 3 female ducks isn't somethings that generally works out well so you got lucky. Adding even more males is a VERY bad idea. Usually each male needs around 3-6 females so unless you plan on adding lots of females at the same time don't do it.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Solid, good advice. OP posts in the 'duck' forum, so I assumed that they were talking about ducks.
     
  6. veggiegirl

    veggiegirl Out Of The Brooder

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    They are ducks, yes. OK, thanks for the advise everyone, I will pass on the additional males.
     

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