So we've had our six ducks since April and I'm experiencing some problems as they're maturing. I have four Rouens (mallards) and two Pekins. The Rouens feather patterns are indicating that three are male and one is a female. I'm pretty sure one of the Pekins is a male as he seems to have "claimed" the female Rouen. He gets quite aggressive with the other males. Whenever they get in the pool he will get in and get on top of them and hold their heads under the water. He seems to be the most aggressive in the water, but when they're out wandering around he'll even nip at them or go after them if he wants to eat in their spot. I can't tell what the other Pekin is, I'm assuming maybe female because he doesn't attack that one. Here's my first question: having such a high ratio of males to females am I going to have bigger problems as they mature? They're only about three and a half months old right now. I hate to have to get rid of any or separate them as they all just wander loose during the day and get locked up at night. I was hoping maybe someone with experience in this area could help me out.
Here's my next problem. The Rouens fly really well. I mean really well. I was under the impression domestic ducks couldn't fly. All four will take off and fly huge circles around our property way above the trees getting farther and farther out each day it seems. After about ten minutes they come in for a landing as the Pekins nervously await. Here's my next question: does anyone know if they'll fly away come fall? They've not landed anywhere off our property (yet), but like I said, they seem to get a little farther out each day.
Well, any input is appreciated!