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At what age to ducks start mate?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by K4zn4v3, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. K4zn4v3

    K4zn4v3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried to put my 4 month old muscovy in with my two year old drake and it didnt go so well. As soon as I walked away he started chasing her around the pen. So at what age do ducks start to mate and at what age will the females accept it? I want to wait untill then to put them in together. I know they start to lay around 7 months so It cant be long before that right?
     
  2. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    I wait until after they lay, you should start seeing her flirting behaviors by then.
     
  3. critterranch

    critterranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my runners started mating at around 17 weeks. before they started laying. i think it was 23 weeks before they started laying.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    My pekins and rouens start breeding around 4 months or so, about 16-18 weeks. Depending on when they hatched (spring or fall), they start laying anywhere from 18-24 weeks. I don't know about muscovies though, I'd assume they are different since they are different from mallard-type ducks.
     
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  5. pekinduck<3er

    pekinduck<3er Chillin' With My Peeps

    i have 2 cayugas male and female and they have no yet started breeding yet and there slready 5 months old! im suprised its is almost spring and it was VERY warm today in florida!! i dont have a kiddie pool yet still no sign but i have a creek and when i put them in it they race right out when i put them in it... they hate water they cant touch there feet with wuts up no brred no eggs any one can help?? [​IMG]
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    pekinduck<3er :

    i have 2 cayugas male and female and they have no yet started breeding yet and there slready 5 months old! im suprised its is almost spring and it was VERY warm today in florida!! i dont have a kiddie pool yet still no sign but i have a creek and when i put them in it they race right out when i put them in it... they hate water they cant touch there feet with wuts up no brred no eggs any one can help?? [​IMG]

    If memory serves, my cayugas did take a little longer to start laying. Is the girl flirting (head-bobbing) at all?​
     
  7. K4zn4v3

    K4zn4v3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a muscovy, She head bobs all day long. LOL
     
  8. pekinduck<3er

    pekinduck<3er Chillin' With My Peeps

    both of my duck are hea bobbing but do nothing
     
  9. MommaBugg

    MommaBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a mystery gender pekin, he/she would quack loud sometimes then raspy other times, but today I found out in a most disturbing way that our 'it' is a drake. He was mounting one of the rouen hens, which I am suprised she let him do considering the size defference, and when he got off her something was trailing [​IMG] LOL.. So he is definately a drake, but they are only 3 months old. Should I start looking for eggs soon, or are they just practicing?

    I thought maybe they were just excited because they were playing in their new pool [​IMG]
    My other pekin drakes got their drake feathers at 2 months old, yet this one that is trying to mate still has no drake feathers, so our 'late bloomer' is not so late after all I suppose
     
  10. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Most ducks we've had didn't fully mature to egg laying until 6 months and needed another month or so before they were capable of brooding and raising their ducklings.
     

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