Will Two Drakes & Two Ducks Get On?

Duck keepers often wonder what is the best combination and ratio of male to females and I am often emailed about the numbers of drakes and ducks in a group and whether they will get along ok.

Carolyn has just emailed as she has two draks and two ducks.

The ducklings I got at Easter have turned out to be 2 drakes & 2 ducks. Will this ratio work, or will there be problems with having two drakes? Hope you can help Many thanks Carolyn

My response is:

There may be rivalry between the drakes when they reach maturity so they may fight to see who is top drake!

They may also prefer one female over the other and both my fight over the duck which could hurt the duck as well as the drakes.

You could separate them into two groups of one drake and one duck during the breeding season and then put them back together during Autumn and Winter when they will probably get on fine. This may depend on the amount of space you have and the housing you have and if you are able to partition it off.

You could also increase the number of females. 1 drake to about 6 ducks is a good amount.

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Cayuga Duck Breed

I have a cayuga drake so have been reading up about the cayuga breed.

Kai The Cayuga Drake

Kai The Cayuga Drake

  • The cayuga breed of duck originates from the USA.
  • Cayuga are a table breed.
  • The cayuga has black plumage with a green/purple sheen on the feathers.
  • The cayuga’s bill and webs are black.
  • Cayuga ducks can lay about 100 eggs a year.
  • The cayuga is classified as a medium weight breed.

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Identifying Gender Of Khaki Campbell Ducklings

It is difficult to guess what gender a duckling is just by looking at the duckling but my ‘farmingfriends’ friend Maureen has challenged me to take a guess at the gender of her three ducklings named Treacle, Toffee and Fudge.

Maureen's  khaki campbell ducklings

Maureen's khaki campbell ducklings

Maureen's  khaki campbell ducklings

Maureen's khaki campbell ducklings

‘Hi Sara, as someone far more knowlegable than me, how do you fancy taking a guess at the sex of my ducklings. I seem to have the full set small medium and large, have a feeling may have two drakes but the medium could just be a larger duck. Mo’

Hi Maureen, Smaller ducklings may mean females but it’s not guaranteed as some of my ducks are as big as my drake. What colour are their legs? My drake has bright orange legs and all the females have duller legs so this could be an indication, otherwise it’s waiting till their feathers develop and their call. Here’s a useful post about identifying ducks and drakes.
Look forward to finding out their gender.
Best Wishes
Sara

The books say it is possible to identify a duck and a drake from about 5 weeks of age but in reality I found that it was only when my drake moulted and got his male plumage and the curled tail feathers that I was certain I had a male!

Here are some ways to help identify the gender:

  • The tail feathers. It is the male that has curling tail feathers.
  • Colour of plumage. Some breeds of duck the male are more brightly coloured.
  • Colour of bill. Some breeds show a different colour in their bills from about 6 weeks between the male and female, where the females is usually darker.
  • Body size. Drakes usually have larger bodies and heads.
  • The quack. The drake has a softer quack, whereas the female has a louder more distinctive quack. The distinction by call can be made from 5 weeks onwards.
  • If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then visit the farmingfriends duck forum for the latest chat about ducks and then check out the khaki campbell duck eggs for hatching sales page.

    If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then check out the books shown above about keeping ducks which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced duck keeper.

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    Can You Keep All Drakes Together?

    I am often asked if you can keep all drakes together. My answer to this  would be no if you are just keeping drakes unless they are separated from each other.

    If you are going to keep drakes then you will need to get some ducks to satisfy their breeding urges. At least 2 ducks per drake but if you have enough space I would say between 4-6 ducks per drake is more suitable.

    I only have one drake so don’t have experience of drakes not getting on.

    You might find that if they have grown up together and if they have enough ducks to satisfy them, then they may get on. However one of my forum members, Campbell ridge is having to sell one of her drakes as the adult drake is finding the new drake a threat and the adult one, infact the parent of the younger drake is becoming aggressive towards the young drake, so in this instance even a related drake doesn’t get on.

    If you onl;y have drakes and have the room I would suggest getting some ducks to go with each drake and seeing what happens and then if the drakes do not get on then you may have to sell some of the drakes.

    If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then visit the farmingfriends duck forum for the latest chat about ducks and then check out the khaki campbell duck eggs for hatching sales page.

    If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then check out the books shown above about keeping ducks which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced duck keeper.


    Aggression In Drakes

    I have been asked a couple of times about dealing with aggression in drakes.

    I am looking for advice or suggestions! We have just acquired three ducks and the drake has now started to act very aggressively towards my chickens. We have tried segregating him, but he is getting worse; any suggestions???
    Denise

    Hi Denise,

    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and sending your comment. I am sorry to hear that your drake has become agressive. I don’t have any experience of agression in drakes myself as my drake (Sir Francis Drake!) has 6 ducks to keep him in check and he mixes well with 29 guinea fowl and 10 hens, so I am very lucky.

    I do have a farmingfriends forum and when I first set it up I had a member who had a viscious drake which you can read about here http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=34

    I have picked out some of the notes from the forum that might be useful:

    Sometimes aggression in animals is a sign that they are not well so your drake may need checking out by a Vet. You could phone your local vet and describe your drake’s behaviour and they may be able to help or they may suggest bringing him in so that they can look at him.

    I was wondering if it has anything to do with mating as I have read that male birds can get aggressive through the mating season. Maybe he is warning the hens to stay away. You say that you have segragated him but have you put the drake and ducks in an area where the hens can’t go so he is able to mate without being disturbed?

    Sometimes adding extra ducks to the group can sort out aggression.
    I hope that you get sorted with your drake and find the forum info useful. Let me know
    how you get on.

    Kind regards

    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Do you have any experience of dealing with aggression in drakes, if so please leave a comment as I am sure Denise would find any tips or ideas useful.

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    Alexandra’s Ducks And Drakes

    One of my reader’s and farmingfriends, Alexandra sent me some photos of her lovely ducks and drakes. Anyone who has been reading the farmingfriends forum will know about Alexandra’s drake Monty who all of a sudden turned vicious.

    Monty The Drake

    Monty The Drake

    Monty The Drake

    Monty The Drake

    Daisy the Duck and Monty the Drake

    Daisy the Duck and Monty the Drake

    Delilah the Duck and Romel the Drake

    Delilah the Duck and Romel the Drake

    “Monty is I think a Rouen (very very large mallard!) I have 2 female Cherry valleys, one duck is a mixture of Cherry Valley and Monty above. and one is a female Cayuga. The first 3 are year and a half and the second two are 13 weeks. All live in a large run (with pond in it) and sleep in the shed within the run at night (in large dog cages, with old duvets washed daily! they are my pets and get to run in the garden when I am home. Monty has gone from being very affectionate and wanting to be held to terrorizing me and the newish ducks. He pecks really hard and chases me. I have tried holding his beak til he stops, pushing him away to no avail.”

    I was delighted to finally see the infamous Monty and his pals.

    If you have any photos of your ducks that you would like to share then leave a comment and I will get back to you.


    My Khaki Campbell Ducks And A Drake

    My seven ducks are now 13 weeks old and are a real joy. They love the rain and dabbling in puddles down the lane. They also like to eat my flowers!!! They are very easy to get in on a night which makes a change from trying to find the guinea fowl that are trying to nest at the moment (6 guinea hens were sitting the other night!). I have just discovered that one of my ducks is a drake so I will be able to breed with my ducks next year. Hurrah. I think that it is a drake as I have seen a picture of a khaki campbell drake with a greeny black head. His call is different to the others. He doesn’t quack in a loud way but he has a quiet call. This is the first time I have been able to identify a drake from a duck.


    Identifying Ducks And Drakes

    It is possible to identify a duck and a drake from about 5 weeks of age. There are a number of ways of distinguishing between a duck and a drake.

  • The tail feathers. It is the male that has curling tail feathers.
  • Colour of plumage. Some breeds of duck the male are more brightly coloured.
  • Colour of bill. Some breeds show a different colour in their bills from about 6 weeks between the male and female, where the females is usually darker.
  • Body size. Drakes usually have larger bodies and heads.
  • The quack. The drake has a softer quack, whereas the female has a louder more distinctive quack. The distinction by call can be made from 5 weeks onwards.

  • If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then visit the farmingfriends duck forum for the latest chat about ducks and then check out the khaki campbell duck eggs for hatching sales page.

    If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then check out the books shown above about keeping ducks which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced duck keeper.

    If you would like to receive regular information about ducks then why not sign up to the farmingfriends newsletter.

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    How To Tell The Difference Between A Duck And A Drake

    From about 5 weeks of age it may be possible to tell the difference between a duck and a drake.

    how would u know a duck from a drake i got them 8 weeks ago they are starting to get there feathers and I am curious to know. Marcella

    Hi Marcella,
    My ducks are coming up to 5 weeks old, so I should soon know myself whether I have ducks or drakes or both.
    Apparently you may be able to tell the difference by their tail feathers and it is the male that has curling tail feathers. Some breeds of duck the male are more brightly coloured. Also some breeds show a different colour in their bills from about 6 weeks between the male and female, where the females is usually darker.
    I believe that drakes usually have larger bodies and heads and a softer quack, whereas the female has a louder more distinctive quack. The distinction by call can be made from 5 weeks onwards.
    I hope you find this information useful. Let me know what breed you have and how many males and females.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    I look forward to finding out the gender of my 7 khaki campbell ducks. I’ll let you know once I have found out!