Will a drake kill another?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckface, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. duckface

    duckface Songster

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    I was watching the ducks tonight and our Pekin drake was really going after one of the mallard drakes in a way I've never seen before. I probably shouldn't have, but I tried to intervene and get his attention off the poor thing. When he finally did stop I noticed the other duck was limping. It just got me wondering how far they'll actually go.
     
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  2. iamcuriositycat

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    Yes, they will kill each other sometimes. I had a drake injure and kill another drake. I thought they would fight and work out the pecking order and then eventually get along. But I thought wrong.

    I would either A) Increase your female ratio, so there are more females than they know what to do with or B) Re-home your least favorite drake. Personally, I'd go for the less aggressive one, as I wouldn't want that trait passed on and also a very aggressive drake may later become aggressive even with the females (I've had that happen too).

    Sorry. [​IMG] I wish I had better news for you.
     
  3. KittyKelly

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    Aww...thats sad that hes getting picked on! I use the same method that iamcuriositycat said to use on my chickens and it works.
     
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    I had to re-home my one drake cause he was attacking my other drake and all my hens.
     
  5. duckface

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    Darn, I was afraid of that. Well, I did place the two bachelor drakes on Craigslist and had planned on them being gone this weekend, but one canceled and said she found a duck closer to home and the other never called back to let me know what day he was going to pick it up.

    I was glad to see the victim of last night wasn' t limping this morning.
     
  6. iamcuriositycat

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    In the mean time, you can separate them by putting the offending drake in a dog crate or other containment within the duck pen. That will protect your "good" drake. Hope that helps!
     

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