Current situation: Too many males! 3 males to 1 female. Pekins and Swedish Blues. These are pet ducks, so getting rid of any would be unthinkable. Thinking of adding females-- but I have room for 2. Vet told me 'more females would not help and it could make things worse'. Told me to 'separate them until mating season over'. My 4 ducks are heavily imprinted on each other and would suffer from being split up. Sounds like advice I can't stand alone on. What I know: I currently have (1) alpha male, (1) beta male, (1) passive male and (1) patient female. As soon as they hit the water every morning, alpha male asks female to mate. (He really does ask first!). She accepts, then they go about their day. Recently, beta is vying for control and mounts the alpha while he's on the female nearly drowning her. I saw mallards drown a hen last year and it was so sad. Today I kept the beta male in the coop for 5 minutes until the mating was over. It was not the pretty dance we usually do in the mornings and the whole group was upset with me and didn't understand what on earth I was doing by separating them. Hoping to learn from someone else's experience. Will another female or two help any?