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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:59 pm 
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Today we sexed the 7 Indian runner ducklings, 4 girls and three boys.
My friend came and took 2 of the girls and now I have the three boys and two girls left. I intend to keep the two girls and hopefully find pet homes for the boys. My question. Can two boys live together when there are not any ducks, as in a pet situation. I know some people who would like a pet and drakes make ok pets but can two live together?
Thanks for the help so far.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:46 pm 
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Usually not a problem.

Your would not want them with hens, as they will try to rape them also.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:09 am 
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I've had 2 indian runner drakes (no girls) for the last couple of years and they get on fine.
They sometimes mildly squabble over who's getting in the pond first or who's turn at the grub it is but no problems.
They seem quite happy with each others company although i'm sure they'd like it if i got a couple of girls to join them :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:10 am 
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My 2 drakes live together without a problem. Am trying to find them a home but that is not so easy!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:46 pm 
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I find it impossible to find homes for the drakes I have. I have separated them from the young brood and the 2 adult ducks.

My drakes have the occasional squabble breaks out but nothing serious.

My KC drake and my mule mussy x ? are good friends and go everywhere together. Its like they are joined at the hip. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:28 pm 
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Sorry to break the positive trend :? , I ended up with three drakes out of a pick of Vic Market ducklings. Once they reached sexual maturity they decided to try things out with each other, while they still "hung out" they didn't really get along, they were always bald and scabby at the backs of their heads etc.....

To be fair though, I wasn't living at home at the time so they were mums ducks so I didn't see alot first hand so don't know if it was as bad as she made out. mum passed them on rather than getting them some girlfriends :roll: but I guess with me not their I didn't have a lot of say in the matter...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:37 pm 
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I hatched 5 ducklings last year and have 3 girls and 2 boys. They havent started to fight yet, but then again they havent started to mate either. If they get along and dont give the girls too much of a hard time, I will keep both. If they dont, I will have to find a home for one of the boys. :(

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:29 pm 
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Hi there,

We 'rescued' 2 male ducks roughly twelve months ago. They are brothers and got along like a house on fire until we rescued a female and put them together. Then the boys became possessive and would not leave the girl alone - it broke my heart and distressed me to see the hard time they gave her - when prior to that they had been mischievious but beautiful boys. In the end we got another 3 girls and everything settled down. Not ideal for everyone to then have to get more pets, but it worked for us.

The boys on their own should be fine - only when a female gets into the mix did we have a problem - but now the six live happily together and have had some babies. We did have to move the babies as the 'boys' were a little rough and we have decided that any other duckies that come our way will just not be able to be with the 'boys'.....so another pen was made and everyone is happy.

I don't know if this helps at all - maybe just keep females out of the equation.

Sandra


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:38 pm 
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Do you know what breeds they were Sandra or any pics :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:49 pm 
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Hi David,

They were Peking ducks and cheeky as ever. I called them Beau & Maurice as they came from Beamaris and Beau is the cheekiest. He loves to investigate every little thing you do and likes to hide under long skirts....then walk between your feet and try and trip you up. He is hilarious but it wasn't so funny when I was on crutches coz his behaviour never changed - I thought he would be scared of the crutches - but not Beau. The 'boys' now have four girlfriends as we rescued a female who wasn't being looked after properly, then were given three more! Now we have babies quaking around.

I am just quakers about my ducks!


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