Topic of the Week - Drakes and Drake Behaviour

sumi

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This week I would like to talk Drake 101. We all know ducks are absolutely delightful birds, but the males can be a bit of handful. Ducks owners, please tell me about your experiences and management practices when it comes to your drakes. Some specific points I'd like to hear about are:

- Sexual maturity and aggression.
- Human aggression and its meaning.
- Feeding and handling of young Drakes.
- What would be the ideal female to male ratio for a happy flock?



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casportpony

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Great topic!

I need to look through my notes to see when I acquired my newest Muscovies. I know it was late spring, maybe early summer, so that makes them 6-8 months? They have been sexually mature for at least 40 days because a hen just hatched some sired by one of them, and they have been fighting with each other for a few weeks even though they have plenty of room. :(
 

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Great topic!

I need to look through my notes to see when I acquired my newest Muscovies. I know it was late spring, maybe early summer, so that makes them 6-8 months? They have been sexually mature for at least 40 days because a hen just hatched some sired by one of them, and they have been fighting with each other for a few weeks even though they have plenty of room. :(
Do drakes do that because there aren't enough girls to go around? Or is that just their nature anyway?
 

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This is great..:wee
Drakes 101...:frow
My Drake experiences...Each breed of Drake can have their own Behaviours that change as the seasons change..
Young Drakes begin to be interested in Hens once they have gone through the juvenile molt and have their full Drake feathers in...That's at around 3 to 4 months old..
For the most part Drakes are well behaved, although there are aggressive Drakes that are human aggressive just as some Roosters are aggressive..
Sexual maturity and hormones can have your once sweet Ducky turn into a biting feather duster..:barnie
I love my Ducks but do not cuddle or love on them..Breeding season here begins usually around December...My Ducks are a month early...I have my Drakes separated because it's not pretty when two Drakes begin fighting over Hens...The breeding will continue till probably July.:thI have Calls and this year my ratio will be Fabio with two Hens and Casanova with three Hens..
Drakes can make great pets as long as no Hens are involved...Then they get too hormonal...Drakes are breeding machines and if the ratio is wrong Hens get injured or Drakes do..I always have a plan B in place and a plan C because everyday is a new Day with Drakes and Hens..

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