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Do ducks mate for life?

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I have a very "interesting" Pekin duck.  She has grown up with a little dalmation dog (Mr. Speckles), and barely leaves his side.  She eats his dog food instead of her feed and doesn't get into the water as much as a normal duck would.  I  got a muscovy drake for her to play with, so she will start acting more like a duck and less like a dog.

Anyway, she is over a year old and is laying eggs.  None of the eggs are fertile.  I saw her doing possibly a mating dance in front of Mr. Speckles.  She moves her head from side to side and lays on the ground while making quacking noises.  Has she chosen the dog as her mate?  Will I ever get fertile eggs?  If I seperated them will she finally become interested in the drake?

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LOLOLOL

Talk about star-crossed lovers tongue

I have 1 drake and 3 hens. I thought it was geese that can mate for life....not ducks.

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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
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post #3 of 8

Get a boy duck and she will forget all about her odd love  lol   Domestic ducks Don't mate for life........

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post #4 of 8

She has a boy duck. The girl duck just likes the dog better big_smile

Oh! Forgot to add that even if the moscovy fertilizes the peking egg, the chick that hatches from that egg will be sterile (a mule so to speak)


Edited by Wifezilla - 1/7/09 at 3:08pm
7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #5 of 8

Maybe she thinks she is a dog? Pen them up together and the boy duck will show her what she is! And no ducks do not mate for life. If the dog decided to eat one (God forbid!!) the other would just go look for another duck.

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post #6 of 8

I would say that they don't mate for life. BUT I have 1 BEI girl that won't set eggs if separated from her man. Wouldn't of thought it possible. But accidentally locked him up with the extra drakes last year. She didn't lay until I realised my mistake and turned him loose.
I have a drake from last year that thinks he's a goose.Or the goose thinks it's a duck. Haven't figured out which yet.

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post #7 of 8

The pekin hen is bonded to the dog. I would seperate her away from the dog for awhile with a male "water duck", ie: Pekin, Rouen, Cayauga, Swedish, etc. The problem with trying to breed her with a muscovy (which is more a land duck) is the breeding courtship is different. While muscovies and water ducks can cross, it usually is not a high percentage. A male of her own type will probably have a better chance of encouraging her to breed.

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post #8 of 8

As usual...the answer is MORE DUCKS! On the chicken thread, the answer always seems to be MORE CHICKENS. I think I am seeing a pattern here big_smile

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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