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Do ducks mate year-round?

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I know ducks have a breeding season. But I don't know if that's the only time they mate.

 

I had someone inquire about purchasing some of my duck eggs for hatching, but I have no idea if they're fertile or not. I've only gotten 6 eggs in the last week and she'd like to buy them all. I don't have any I can crack.

 

Thanks for your help in helping me become less of a duck-noob!

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Originally Posted by Ravie View Post

I know ducks have a breeding season. But I don't know if that's the only time they mate.

 

I had someone inquire about purchasing some of my duck eggs for hatching, but I have no idea if they're fertile or not. I've only gotten 6 eggs in the last week and she'd like to buy them all. I don't have any I can crack.

 

Thanks for your help in helping me become less of a duck-noob!



 I don't know what breed you have but I know my Muscovies don't breed year round, but they started breeding earlier this year because of the warmer weather. I usually don't see any breeding from late September till early April. till this year.

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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My ducks (Indian Runners) stop laying in the winter, but certainly continue, um, mating.

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There is no "off switch" on drakes.

 

I would expect the first eggs of the season to be fertile.  It's just that the first eggs are sometimes not perfectly formed.  Sometimes it takes the ducks a few eggs to get the kinks out of the system and get the factory up and running properly.

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Exhibition quality Blue Swedish Ducks and Gray Saddleback Pomeranian Geese,   Hatching eggs available in late winter and spring. NPIP

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My pekin male did seem to breed year round. Although, I have a cayuga/pekin male, that is a lot more shy, and refuses to mate with anyone but my other cayuga.... (and will not mate in the winter)

I've got 2 cats, Dyllen and Star. I have 10 chickens; 1 BLRW, 2 mutt hens, 1 mutt chicks, 1 EEs, 1 RIR, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Golden Campine, 1 unknown hen, and 1 Partridge cochin. I also have1 Swedish/Black Indian Runner , 1 Yellow Swedish, 1 Black Runner, and 3 Coturnix quail.

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I've got 2 cats, Dyllen and Star. I have 10 chickens; 1 BLRW, 2 mutt hens, 1 mutt chicks, 1 EEs, 1 RIR, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Golden Campine, 1 unknown hen, and 1 Partridge cochin. I also have1 Swedish/Black Indian Runner , 1 Yellow Swedish, 1 Black Runner, and 3 Coturnix quail.

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