Twitchy wings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ardizzone7, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Ardizzone7

    Ardizzone7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a female Cayuga that has been the object of affection for the past 2 weeks from our drakes. She is there favorite. The past couple days I have seen her standing still as if resting but constantly twitching her wings. Her feathers are a little messed up from all the lovin' but is there something wrong? I have not seen this happen before.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If you have two drakes and one duck, I would separate her and give her a break. Her life may depend on it. Sounds melodramatic, but drakes can hurt and sometimes they kill a duck. A better ratio would be three ducks to each drake. Don't underestimate the risk for her. She is depending on you to protect her.
     
  3. Ardizzone7

    Ardizzone7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I was afraid they were hurting her. We have 3 drakes and 3 hens but I know that is too many drakes. I plan on culling at least 1 for meat. I will see if I can find a way to separate her. Right now they are open range with no fencing. Thank you!
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Thanks for checking in. As you know, caring for critters is messy and imperfect. Thanks for caring enough to protect her.
     

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