Join our zoo community

Ducks galore

Discussion in 'Private Collections & Pets' started by JustRhonda, 29 Jun 2012.

  1. JustRhonda

    JustRhonda New Member

    Joined:
    29 Jun 2012
    Posts:
    2
    Location:
    Jefferson City, MO, USA
    I'm wondering if we made a mistake with the ducks we have. We have 4 males that started being very aggressive toward one another. They are approx. a year in age. So, I brought home 4 mature female ducks. There seems to be territorial thing and the groups stay on their own side of the pond. When a male does get close, he attacks a female and seems to bite her pretty hard until she gets away. Did I make a mistake thinking the males needed mates?
     
  2. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    3 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    3,382
    Location:
    Texas
    Male ducks during breeding can be quite nasty creatures. I've seen wild mallards, for lack of a better term, rape other ducks.
     
  3. JustRhonda

    JustRhonda New Member

    Joined:
    29 Jun 2012
    Posts:
    2
    Location:
    Jefferson City, MO, USA
    I think I'll take a sling shot out there and sit and when the male ducks show that aggressive behavior, have target practice! I had no idea this transition would be so difficult. the aggression the males were showing toward one another made me think one of them was going to get drowned - thus the females. what to do....
     
  4. FBBird

    FBBird Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    15 Oct 2010
    Posts:
    3,217
    Location:
    Dorset, UK
    Your drakes may take a while to show normal sexual behaviour after living as an all male group. However, if these are ordinary domestic ducks, you really need a much higher ratio of females, at least two ducks per drake. One option might be to re-home three drakes as an all male bachelor group, and just keep one with four wives.
     
  5. elefante

    elefante Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    1,805
    Location:
    North Dakota, USA
    I think it is actually called something like the rape flight. Ducks really are very violent when they mate.