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Ostracised drake
Mon 19-May-14
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magsfras
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After a fox attack I was down to one drake (I only keep drakes and normally they live happily together) and took on three more drakes from a breeder. When I released the new drakes one immediately attacked the other holding his head under water. I put this down to the stress of being in a new place. Now however the resident older duck is leader of the pack but ostracising one of the newcomers who is now limping. As the new ducks are all identical I can't tell if the 'victim duck' is the same one as was originally nearly drowned. Is the duck being attacked as it's perceived as weak? Should I leave them to sort themselves out or try and catch the victim duck and rehome him? They are definitely all male, this is not mating behaviour. The lead duck puts his head down, arches his back and sees the other off from food and from being part of the group. Any help or advice please? They live on a half acre lake, plenty of room, food etc. 

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Don't know anything about Poultry, but there will be people on here who do, Welcome, wave

Tue 20-May-14
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I would never keep just Drakes, they need their girls. I have a drake with two ducks. I have in the past had three drakes together but always with enough girls to keep them happy. In my experience drakes are aggressive when there are no or not enough females. Why do you not have any girls. It is how nature intended.

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Wed 21-May-14
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I have drakes on their own as Nature makes a surplus of drakes and they are often culled or offered for rehoming. I suppose they are rescue ducks. I know ideally you'd have maybe one drake and 3\4 females but they do live happily in male only groups. I was seeking advice on this bullying of one drake that's going on but I have in fact received good advice elsewhere. 

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