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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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.

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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.